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Vice-President Biden Views Growth, Innovation at Appliance Park

Monday June 28, 2010

Vice President Biden Accepts Yarmuth’s Invitation to Visit GE’s Appliance Park in Louisville this Monday

Facility tour will showcase the success of the Recovery Act in spurring innovation in energy-efficient technology, creating hundreds of new jobs, and ushering in a new era American manufacturing at Appliance Park.

Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) announced that Vice President Joe Biden had accepted his invitation to see first-hand the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and tax credits for energy-efficient appliances at Louisville’s Appliance Park. Biden will join Congressman Yarmuth and Jim Campbell, President and CEO of GE Appliances and Lighting, this Monday, June 28 at 11am.

“I am thrilled Vice President Biden is visiting Louisville to witness one of the great manufacturing revitalization success stories,” said Congressman Yarmuth. “By combining GE’s dedication to innovation with federal investment from the Recovery Act, more than 800 new jobs have been created for Louisville workers and a new era of American manufacturing is underway at Appliance Park.”

“GE in Louisville has roared back to life,” said Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson. We have a great workforce in Louisville and we have a long and proud tradition of workers and families who are loyal to the company, loyal to the GE quality brand.

"Congressman Yarmuth has championed our company and employees for many years. Now, he has put GE Appliance Park in the spotlight again by facilitating a visit by Vice President Biden so that the Vice President can see the great things that can be accomplished when company, labor and government all work together,” said James P. Campbell, President and CEO of GE Appliances and Lighting. “We are honored that the Vice President is coming to Appliance Park and we are equally honored to have Congressman Yarmuth in our corner."

"Vice President Biden is going to see one of the best examples of labor, management and government cooperation in the country,” said Jerry Carney, President of IUE-CWA Local 761. “
“Congressman Yarmuth is a great friend and a strong advocate for the 2000 plus members of the IUE-CWA Local 761 and I look forward to welcoming him and the Vice President to Appliance Park ."

Last month, Congressman Yarmuth invited Vice President Biden to visit Louisville following news that GE was creating new jobs at Appliance Park thanks to investments included in the Recovery Act to support energy-efficient manufacturing.

In June of 2009, GE announced it was bringing 400 jobs back from China to Appliance Park to manufacture new energy-efficient water heaters, directly as a result of Recovery Act. Last December, the company also revealed it would create 430 additional jobs in Louisville to build a new energy efficient washer and dryer.

This announcement of the Vice President’s visit comes on the heels of Appliance Park CEO Jim Campbell’s recent keynote address at the Forum on U.S. Economic Competitiveness in Washington. This event was hosted by the Congressional Competiveness Task Force, of which Congressman Yarmuth is a founding co-chair. At the forum, Campbell discussed the critical importance of federal support to ensure that American manufacturers can innovate, expand, and thrive in the competitive global economy.