Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Appliance Park employee update

Getting Back to Business
AP Progress Report
Wednesday, April 15

GE Appliances employees’ source to stay up-to-date on our progress to resume full operations at Appliance Park following the AP6 fire. Email us at with questions. The next update is planned for Friday, April 15. Following that, these messages will only be issued as needed.

Returning to Work on Thursday
All hourly employees in buildings 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10, as well as all salaried employees, should continue to report to work at Appliance Park this week.

Building 1 employees on Line 2 and all support areas of Line 2 should continue to report to work. The remaining AP1 employees will stay on LOW for the rest of this week.      

Changes to AP Services for Thur, 4/16
1.    Mail roomNormal operations. Starting this week, employees relocated from AP6 & AP35 will receive mail in their new work locations.

2.    Xerox Copy Center – Closed. Employees may use Kinko’s as a temporary replacement. Pcards may be used temporarily due to the circumstances.

Getting Back to Business
They say every dark cloud has a silver lining. In this case, the need to relocate the Derby warehouse due to the AP6 fire has given Rich Calvaruso, Lean & ERP Leader, and the Continuous Improvement (Lean) team an opportunity to rethink the parts value stream and how materials are managed from point of origin to in-plant supermarkets. Creating a plan for every part, the team immediately led the organization of the new warehouse, ensuring the layout would maximize efficiency.

The number one objective of the warehouse is to supply the plants with the right parts at the right time and to the right place. The team has addressed the challenges of a smaller footprint and travel time to Appliance Park by approaching capacity from a cubic feet perspective rather than square feet and organizing floor space by the frequency with which each part is ordered.

In just the first three days of operation, the new warehouse unloaded 47 trucks, which hauled 1,865 pallets of more than 13,000 cartons. Plants are placing orders to be filled and materials are flowing to keep the production lines operating. The team has done amazing work to not only launch the new facility, but also prevent back log at the loading docks. 

This is just the beginning. While progress has been steady, there is much more work to be done over the coming months to return parts inventory to normal levels.

A panoramic view of the new warehouse

At the request of authorities and to ensure your safety, employees are reminded that they should not approach the newly constructed AP6 fence line. 

Inspectors and claims adjustors will be on site to continue investigations and assess the damage. If employees are asked questions by the adjustors, they should refrain from comment and refer the adjustors to or
Media continue to cover the story are receiving daily updates from the communications team. Employees are asked to refer any media inquiries to

Nearby residents experiencing debris or property damage as a result of the fire at GE Appliance Park should call Electric Insurance to obtain information at (888) 456-7445. Call-takers are on duty daily from 8 am-2 pm; a voice mailbox will record calls during off hours.

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