STAMFORD, CT — On Monday, GE Appliances, a Haier company, opened its newest manufacturing operation in Stamford.
GE Appliances President & CEO Kevin Nolan joined with area workforce development leaders at CoCREATE Stamford to celebrate the production launch for the microfactory with the first appliance rolling off the line.
“Today we deliver on our promise made just 10 months ago to invest in Connecticut and bring appliance manufacturing to Stamford,” Nolan said in a news release. “We’re thrilled to be building appliances in the Northeast while also providing local students with opportunities to work with us and learn.
“Manufacturing is our foundation, but our factory is only the start of what’s to come here,” he added. “We’re energized about the possibilities ahead when CoCREATE Stamford fully opens to the community and 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 microfactory takes up about half of the space, and is the first completed phase of the center. GE Appliances expects the center to completely open by the start of 2023.
The first appliance built inside CoCREATE Stamford’s state-of-the-art microfactory is the Monogram Smart Flush Hearth Oven.
It is a ventless, handcrafted all-electric home oven that brings the performance of wood-fired brick ovens indoors. The appliance builds upon the success of the popular Monogram Hearth Oven that was launched in 2019, the company said in a news release.
GE Appliances expects 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 most importantly aligns workforce development and educational opportunities for students interested in the fields of engineering and manufacturing,” said Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons in a news release.
“We need to ensure 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 our community, and we are eager to continue being a partner as CoCREATE Stamford moves forward and evolves to reach its fullest potential.”
Last September, GE Appliances announced it would bring small appliance manufacturing back to Stamford, and feature “an innovative community makerspace, providing hands-on educational opportunities for students, and offer unique brand and product experiences for consumers looking for inspiration in the kitchen and home space.”
The company said at the time the multimillion-dollar center will 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 the schools across Stamford, across 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 is going to be such a huge part of tis initiative, and I think it’s going to be such a key thing in building the manufacturing and engineering field here in Stamford. We’re really grateful to have GE Applications here in our city.”
CoCREATE Stamford said Monday it has already started hiring local college students for paid part-time employment that allows them to work alongside engineers, experience a modern manufacturing facility firsthand and perhaps find their future careers.
“It’s so great to see GE Appliances in Connecticut, where the business traces its early roots,” said AdvanceCT CEO Peter Denious in a news release. “Their landmark CoCREATE center will provide visitors a unique window into manufacturing, a hands-on training facility in addition to an retail engaging experience. GE Appliances’ commitment to innovation and giving back to the community 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 has not been a division of General Electric since 2016.