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GE APPLIANCE STARTS SECOND SHIFT PRODUCTION

November 14, 2017

Chronicle-Independent Newspaper

On November 6, the GE Appliances' (GEA) (formerly Haier America) manufacturing facility in Camden started second shift production, following a $31 million investment, creating 100 new jobs to bring employment at the plant to 360.

After Haier's acquisition of General Electric's Company's appliance business last year, Haier restructured its U.S. operations such that GE Appliances assumed responsibility for Haier America's refrigeration production facility in Camden.

The integration of the Camden facility into GE Appliances' manufacturing network provided additional production capactity for the newly-integrated business. 

In May, the Camden plant increased production when it started making GE branded, top freezer, 21-cubic-foot refrigerators. High consumer demand has created the need to once again expand production at Camden to produce a new, 18-cubic-foot, top freezer refrigerator, prompting the need for a second shift. 

"The added production of the GE branded products is a great vote of confidence in our employees and capabilities from GEA and Haier," Plant Manager Frank Scheffel said. "We are excited about the opportunity to delight consumers with these new products."

The new top freezer refrigerators Camden is producing will help GEA supply these popular sizes to retailers across the country. The new, 18-cubic-foot, top freezer refrigerator has a high-gloss finish, LED lighting and will be on retailer's floors later this month. 

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"When Suominen was choosing where to locate in 2011, there were three sites we were looking at and one factor was the cost of doing business and the business-friendly environment in Kershaw County. The Kershaw County Economic Development Office went out of their way to work with our management team working as an intermediary with the state; providing a fast turnaround and a clear desire to want us to come their community. In 2015, Suominen expanded our Kershaw County operation by adding 25 new jobs and $55.5 million in capital investment. "
-- Darryl Fournier, Plant Manager for Suominen Nonwovens