From a media release: Roper Corp., a subsidiary of GE Appliances and Walker County’s largest employer, will invest $118 million in expanding their manufacturing operations, creating an additional 600 jobs in LaFayette.
“Roper Corporation has been a fixture of the Walker County community for five decades, so it is a pleasure to see GE Appliances invest in the Peach State in this way and continue to emphasize doing business with a leading Georgia-based supplier,” said Gov. Brian Kemp. “This announcement is a testament to our strong logistics infrastructure, which is supported by the Appalachian Regional Port, and to our strong talent pipeline in Northwest Georgia.”
Roper Corporation’s LaFayette plant is responsible for producing Georgia Made cooking products including wall ovens, cooktops, and ranges for multiple GE Appliance brands. Georgia Made is a state program created to celebrate the people and industries responsible for manufacturing a wide variety of products across the State of Georgia.
Roper Corporation has been in Georgia since 1973, and employs 2,000 people in the surrounding region. In 2019, GE Appliances invested an additional $43 million in Roper Corporation, creating 100 jobs at the LaFayette facility. Once this expansion is complete, Roper Corporation will employ about 2,600 people in northwest Georgia. In addition, GE Appliances annually spends $77 million with Georgia-located suppliers.
Senior Project Manager Taylor Kielty represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce division on this competitive project in partnership with Walker County Development Authority Executive Director Robert Wardlaw, the Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority and its President and CEO Jeff Mullis, Georgia Quick Start, and North Georgia EMC.
“For nearly 50 years, Roper Corporation has been a vital employer and key member of the northwest Georgia community. And as a great corporate partner, this Georgia Made company has continually found ways to give back,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “I am very proud of the state’s longstanding 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 across the region.”