Inside GE Appliances' new Georgia logistics center

By Georgia Wilson
GE Appliancesopens its first logistics facility near the Appalachian Regional Port, providing a strategy link for the US supply chain. Per hour, GE App...

GE Appliances opens its first logistics facility near the Appalachian Regional Port, providing a strategy link for the US supply chain.

Per hour, GE Appliances builds over 2,300 appliances across its nine US plants. These plants require the purchase, storage and distribution of over two billion parts and components. GE Appliances' opening of its US$32mn Southern Logistics Center aims to make the fulfillment of these parts easier. 

The Southern Logistics Center is the largest investment, and first fulfilment and distribution warehouse to open at the Appalachian Regional Port (ARP), an inland extension of the Port of Savannah. To complete the opening of the center, GE Appliances partnered with the State of Georgia, Murray County and the Georgia Ports Authority.

“We appreciate GE Appliances investing US$32mn for the Southern Logistics Center and supporting the further economic development of Murray County and the State of Georgia,” said Governor Brian P. Kemp. “Their strategic view of fulfillment has led to the creation of 100 new jobs in our community. We look forward to our continued partnership.”

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The new Southern Logistics Center will provide GE Appliances with improved transportation efficiency of inbound parts and materials by 30% in addition to eliminating over three million long haul trucking miles. 

In addition, the center provides a strategic link for the supply chain, and represents a step forward for GE Appliances’ journey to become the leading appliance company in the US. This is backed by the company’s investment of over US$500mn in the entire product supply chain - including US$130mn in Georgia. 

“The Southern Logistics Center is integral to GE Appliances’ future because it will reduce lead time on components and enable a more efficient supply chain,” said Bill Good, vice president of supply chain for GE Appliances. “This will help ensure that our manufacturing plants have the materials they need to serve our customers without delay. The support from the State of Georgia, the Georgia Ports Authority and Murray County helped make the Southern Logistics Center a reality.” 

Southern Logistics Center in facts and figures:

Size: 504,000 sq ft

No. employed at the center: 50 (expected to increase to 100 within a year) 

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