GE's Appliance Park
Louisville has long appealed to businesses because of its central location in the U-S and proximity to a major waterway and transportation.
Sixty years ago those attributes attracted General Electric (GE), which looked to consolidate its major appliance businesses into one location — the company chose Louisville, Ky., and created Appliance Park.
GE purchased several hundred acres in Buechel — an area large enough to merit its own zip code: 40225.
Following construction, GE shipped its first appliance, a dryer, in February of 1953 and has manufactured more than 180 million appliances since.
Though archival footage may look antiquated, Appliance Park led in cutting edge technology, including leasing one of only six Univac computers in existence in 1953.
The other five were owned by the U-S government.
Among the first-to-market products invented at Appliance Park: the first self-cleaning oven; first portable dishwasher and first ice and water dispenser through the refrigerator door.
Locally, GE is known for its community service, putting employees to work on countless volunteer projects including a facelift for the Park Hill Community Center.
As of 2001, GE is one of the top two Louisville companies in the size of its volunteer workforce.
GE Appliance and Lighting employs about 4,000 workers and in 2011 added the GeoSpring Water Heater to its product line.
- Program 508
- In this program, we spotlight Solid Light - a Louisville business that makes attractions better, and hit the ice at Alpine Ice Arena, which has reached an historic milestone. We also meet Sharon Darling and learn about her work at the National Center for Family Literacy and take a trip to L&N Trains and Things. Plus, in Et Cetera, Louisville'sGE Appliance Park celebrates 60 years! (#508)