Fischer, Union Rep. Carney respond to Appliance Park sale rumors


by Michaela MacDonald

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 4 at 6:17 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Speculation of a sale of General Electric's Appliance Park has made it all the way to Louisville's mayor, Greg Fischer.

Fischer said he's heard the rumors that the company is interested in selling the plant that employs thousands of people, but he tells WHAS11 he's heard nothing of the sort from GE.

"They have not communicated to that. All they've communicated again is if there is ever any type of large announcement we will be the first to know," said Fischer.

If there is a big strategic announcement to make they are going to make it, but they are used to these rumors coming up every year or so and whether this one is real only time will tell

"I don't know whether it’s true or whether its not," said Jerry Carney, President of IUE-CWA Local 8376, a union that represents 3,800 GE employees at the plant.

Carney said he from many union members concerned about these rumors.

"That’s being fueled by speculation out on the floor from salary people, but the salary people at Appliance Park do not know either. If they do know then they are under a contract not to talk about it so the ones that are talking do not know. It’s all speculation," said Carney.

This is not the first time speculation about an Appliance Park sale has come up. Back in 2008, GE officially announced the park was for sale, but there were no buyers. Since then GE has invested nearly a billion dollars into the plant and hired hundreds of new workers.

"We've got to show if there is a buyer a potential buyer out there that they want to remain in Louisville, and we've got to prove to them that we have the best workforce in the world in Louisville,"  Carney said.

The following is a statement from Kim Freeman, a GE spokesperson: "No announcement. What you are hearing is based on rumors and speculation."