GE Appliances President and CEO Kevin Nolan and local Workforce Development leaders yesterday celebrated the opening of the company’s brand new manufacturing facility in Stamford, Connecticut . As part of the celebration, the first device rolled off the production line at the new micro-factory, dubbed CoCREATE Stamford.
“Today we are delivering on our promise made just 10 months ago to invest in Connecticut and bring appliance manufacturing to Stamford,” Nolan said. “We are excited to build devices in the northeast while providing local students with opportunities to work with us and learn. Manufacturing is our foundation, but our factory is just the beginning of what’s to come here. We’re excited for the opportunities when CoCREATE Stamford opens up fully to the community and we look forward to bringing people together to innovate, educate and inspire.
The Monogram Smart Flush Hearth Oven is the first appliance to be built inside CoCREATE Stamford’s state-of-the-art micro-factory. GE Appliances, a Haier company, plans to launch more appliance innovations from CoCREATE Stamford next year.
“CoCREATE Stamford is an innovative model that not only brings economic growth and jobs to our city, but more importantly aligns workforce development and educational opportunities for students interested in engineering and manufacturing,” said Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons. “We need to ensure that we prepare the next generation for employment opportunities in these critical sectors, and CoCREATE is doing just that. The City of Stamford is thrilled to have GE Appliances in its community, and we look forward to continuing to be a partner as CoCREATE Stamford moves forward and evolves to reach its full potential.
The micro-factory is the first completed phase of CoCREATE Stamford, a co-creation destination announced last fall by GE Appliances designed to merge innovation, education and inspiration. In addition to modern manufacturing, CoCREATE Stamford will provide a collaborative creative space for the community, provide hands-on educational opportunities, and deliver unique brand and product experiences for consumers seeking inspiration in the kitchen and home space. . CoCREATE Stamford plans to be fully open by early 2023.
GE Appliances also builds on its longstanding commitment to supporting workforce development at CoCREATE Stamford through partnerships with the University of Connecticut and Connecticut State College and Universities. CoCREATE Stamford has already started hiring local students for paid part-time jobs that allow them to work alongside engineers, experience first-hand a modern manufacturing plant and potentially learn about their future careers.
“It’s great to see GE Appliances in Connecticut, where the company finds its earliest roots,” said Peter Denious, CEO of AdvanceCT. “Their signature CoCREATE Center will provide visitors with a unique window into manufacturing, a hands-on training center in addition to an engaging retail experience. GE Appliances’ commitment to innovation and community contribution is a powerful combination that will enrich Stamford and the State of Connecticut.
Since 2016, GE Appliances has invested $2 billion in new products and technologies, bolstering its US manufacturing and distribution presence in multiple states across the country, including its largest operations at Appliance Park in Louisville, KY.