General Electric plans to invest 93-million dollars in its Bloomington plant. The decision would create about 200 new manufacturing jobs. Plant manager Dave Perry, says two years ago, the Bloomington plant was not globally competitive and was on the verge of closure. Now however, after a number of changes, he and other employees are looking forward to the future. And Perry says the facility’s main goal is to be “productive, more efficient, and more cost competitive.”
The facility will produce side-by-side energy efficient refrigerators. They were recently redesigned to meet 2014 energy regulations. Perry says the new design makes the model more competitive.
“We’re going to take input from the design, production, from the hourly and salary workforce to get the best idea that we can before we design the product, and that we layout the product out in our factory in the most efficient way that we can to make it cost effective,” Perry said.
The Bloomington plant received tax incentives from the state that’ll be used to train the new employees and purchase new equipment.
“With this investment and this plant, it’s not only great for the plant and for the employees,” Perry said. “But the community, the supply base in the area. It’s a win win across the board.”
The expansion at the Bloomington plan is part of GE’s plans to establish four refrigeration and design manufacturing centers and create 500 jobs by 2014.