Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Roper Corporation, a subsidiary of GE Appliances and Walker County’s largest employer, will invest $ 118 million to expand their manufacturing operations, creating an additional 600 jobs in LaFayette.
“Roper Corporation has been an integral part of the Walker County community for five decades, so it’s a pleasure to see GE Appliances invest in the State of Peach in this way and continue to focus on doing business with a vendor. leader based in Georgia ” Governor Kemp said. “This announcement is a testament to our strong logistics infrastructure, which is supported by the Regional Port of Appalachians, and our strong talent pool in Northwest Georgia. “
Roper Corporation’s LaFayette plant is responsible for the production of Georgia Made ™ cooking products, including wall ovens, cooktops and ranges for several brands of GE appliances. Georgia Made is a state program created to celebrate the people and industries responsible for manufacturing a wide variety of products in the state of Georgia.
Roper Corporation has been in Georgia since 1973 and employs 2,000 people in the surrounding area. In 2019, GE Appliances invested an additional $ 43 million in Roper Corporation, creating 100 jobs at the LaFayette site. Upon completion of this expansion, Roper Corporation will employ approximately 2,600 people in Northwest Georgia. In addition, GE Appliances spends $ 77 million annually with vendors located in Georgia.
“Investing in manufacturing in the United States allows us to be closer to and better serve our consumers, which is essential to GE Appliances’ business strategy,” said Bill Good, vice president of manufacturing at GE Appliances. “Our partnership with Georgia is strong and growing as we continue to create innovative and innovative baking products at Roper. “
New opportunities at the plant, located at 1507 Broomtown Road in LaFayette, Walker County, will include supervisory and management positions as well as careers in production and assembly. Those interested in employment with Roper Corporate are encouraged to visit www.ropercorp.com for more information.
“As the county’s largest employer, Roper Corporation has been a valuable corporate citizen for many decades.” said Shannon Whitfield, chair of the Walker County Commissioners Council. “We admire their commitment to the community and are grateful for their continued desire to grow locally. This expansion will provide opportunities to strengthen our workforce and the community as a whole. “
Taylor Kielty, Senior Project Manager, represented the Global Trade Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) on this competitive project in partnership with the Executive Director of the Walker County Development Authority, Robert Wardlaw, the Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority. and its President and CEO Jeff Mullis, Georgia Quick Start, and EMC of North Georgia.
“For nearly 50 years, Roper Corporation has been a critical employer and a key member of the Northwest Georgia community. And as a great business partner, this Georgia Made company has continually found ways to give back ”, said Pat Wilson, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “I am very proud of the state’s long-standing relationship with Roper Corporation and GE Appliances and thank them for their continued investment. I look forward to seeing the many opportunities this expansion creates in the region.