By Michael Lauzon
Plastics News Correspondent
Louisville, Kentucky -- GE Appliances is signaling a big change in plastics parts sourcing in an expansion of its Louisville, Kentucky, appliance products operation.
The firm said 6 Aug that it will make more than 90 additional plastic parts and components for its dishwasher production expansion in Louiville. In-house dishwasher rack production will increase from 40 percent to 100 percent in Louisville's dishwasher factory. As well, GE will expand inhouse production of metal components and back out overseas imports.
Production for the first phase of a $150 million investment in the new dishwasher lines has begun. The project is part of an $800 million investment GE will have made at Appliance Park by 2014.
"To be competitive, we have to look for every opportunity to improve efficiencies and productivity while increasing quality," noted GE Appliances product general manager for dishwashers, Cynthia Fanning. "Lean manufacturing principles have improved every aspect of our processes."
GE Appliances also makes refrigerators and other household appliances. One aspect of its business is the foam technologies department, which researches and develops energy-efficient innovations in polyurethane insulation.