GE Appliances begins home appliance manufacturing in Stamford

STAMFORD, CT – On Monday, GE Appliances, a Haier company, opened its new manufacturing facility in Stamford.

GE Appliances President and CEO Kevin Nolan joined region’s workforce development leaders at CoCREATE Stamford to celebrate the launch of micro-plant production with the first device coming out of the chain.

“Today we are delivering on our promise made just 10 months ago to invest in Connecticut and bring appliance manufacturing to Stamford,” Nolan said in a press release. “We are excited to build appliances in the North East while providing opportunities for local students to work with us and learn.

“Manufacturing is our foundation, but our factory is just the beginning of what’s to come here,” he added. “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.”

CoCREATE Stamford is located in a 67,000 square foot industrial center on John Street in Harbor Point.

The micro-factory occupies about half of the space and is the first completed phase of the center. GE Appliances expects the center to be fully open by early 2023.

The first device built inside CoCREATE Stamford’s state-of-the-art micro-factory is the Monogram Smart Flush Hearth Oven.

It is a fully electric, handcrafted, ventless household oven that brings the performance of wood-fired brick ovens indoors. The device builds on the success of the popular Monogram Hearth oven which launched in 2019, the company said in a press release.

GE Appliances plans to launch additional appliance innovations from CoCREATE Stamford as early as 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 of manufacturing,” Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons said in a news release.

“We need to make sure that we prepare the next generation for job opportunities in these critical sectors, and CoCREATE is doing just that,” Simmons added. “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.”

Last September, GE Appliances announced that it would bring small appliance manufacturing back to Stamford and provide “an innovative community building space, provide hands-on educational opportunities for students, and deliver unique brand and product experiences to consumers at looking for inspiration in the kitchen and home space.”

The company said at the time that the multimillion-dollar center would initially create 25 full-time jobs

GE Appliances will support workforce development through partnerships with the University of Connecticut and Connecticut State College and Universities.

“I think the innovation and creative thinking that this brings is definitely something that schools in Stamford, Connecticut are going to benefit from,” said Loren Nadres, director of economic development for the city of Stamford. “I love that education and workforce development will be such a big part of this initiative, and I think it will be a key part of building the manufacturing and engineering here in Stamford. We’re so grateful to have GE Appliances here in our town.”

CoCREATE Stamford said on Monday it has already started hiring local students for paid part-time jobs that allow them to work alongside engineers, experience firsthand a modern manufacturing plant and perhaps find their future career.

“It’s great to see GE Appliances in Connecticut, where the company finds its earliest roots,” Peter Denious, CEO of AdvanceCT, said in a press release. “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.”

CoCREATE Stamford represents a bit of a homecoming for GE Appliances, as small appliances were first developed in Connecticut by GE in the 1920s. GE Appliances is no longer a division of General Electric since 2016.

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