GE Appliances, a Haier company, has planned a 5 million dollar investment in its Selmer, Tennessee Monogram Refrigeration subsidiary to begin production of new Zoneline vertical terminal air conditioners, or VTACs, commonly used in hotels and private residential facilities. The new product line was formerly produced in Mexico, and the decision was made to reshore production closer to U.S. customers. The new investment will create the fifth assembly line at the plant and add 33 new jobs, bringing total employment to 465.
«At GE Appliances, investing in U.S. manufacturing brings us closer to our customers, making it easier to innovate to better suit their needs – said Kristi Saathoff, senior director of product management of the company -. In moving manufacturing of this product line from Mexico to Tennessee, we shortened lead times and collaborated with customers to improve ease of installation and add WiFi-connected and diagnostic capabilities. The engineering and manufacturing teams in Tennessee and our Louisville, Ky. headquarters continue to find better ways to solve today’s most pressing challenges».
Through feedback from customers, the engineering team created the Zoneline® vertical air conditioner (VTAC model UltimateV10) to include features that will maximize the owner and operator experience by making installation significantly easier. And by adding SmartHQ™ Wi-Fi, diagnostic capabilities were improved and remote product control and monitoring were enabled. The Zoneline® VTAC product line eliminates the need for central air conditioning and minimizes costly and space-consuming ducting in new hotels and residential construction.