10 Feb '12, 10pm

Super Efficient Water Heater is First New Product to Roll Off GE Appliances' Assembly Line in 50 Years

Super Efficient Water Heater is First New Product to Roll Off GE Appliances' Assembly Line in 50 Years

The first GE GeoSpring hybrid electric water heater rolled off the assembly line in Louisville, Kentucky today, and it seemed like half the city was there to watch it happen. The state’s governor, Steve Bashear, the district’s congressional representative, Louisville’s mayor, a gaggle of local press, and dozens of GE engineers and union workers milled about Appliance Park, cautiously celebrating the sharp-looking, high-tech water heater and, perhaps even more, the jobs now needed to build it. After all, when a recession-struck region gets a brand new manufacturing operation—especially one producing an innovative, forward-looking product—the spotlight burns bright. In fact, one of the brightest-burning spotlights in the nation shone on this factory: A Super Bowl ad portraying a revitalized Appliance Park was watched by over 100 million people. As such, this was a notable oc...

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