DECATUR, AL—GE Appliances plans to invest $115 million to expand its refrigerator assembly plant here and add 255 full-time jobs.
The investment will allow GE Appliances to increase the plant’s production capacity by 25 percent.

Plant manager Renee Story, who’s been with GE Appliances for 22 years, said the plant consistently produces more than 1 million top-mounted freezer refrigerators a year, and has weathered downturns in the economy since opening in 1977.

The investment provides greater flexibility at the plant to meet customer demands and “makes the plant’s future more secure,” she said. “We won’t take this investment lightly.”

GE Appliances became a Haier company two years ago. The facility employs 993 full-time workers and some 320 contract labor personnel. The annual average wage for the new jobs is $30,600 a year, not including benefits.