Canadian Manufacturing

GE hourly workers to return after massive fire

A blaze at the industrial firm's sprawling Appliance Park manufacturing centre shut down the site

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —General Electric plans to start bringing hourly workers back to its sprawling Appliance Park manufacturing centre next week after a massive fire.

GE officials told The Courier-Journal ( that all salaried employees were back to work and the company was running some limited production. Hourly workers will begin coming back in phases.

Meanwhile, lead fire investigator Maj. Henry Ott says it could take two months to complete the investigation into what caused Jefferson County’s largest structure fire.

The blaze last week destroyed the warehouse section of the park’s Building 6, which is larger than 5 acres. It is a nonproduction building.

The Louisville fire department official says firefighters were still extinguishing hotspots on Wednesday.

Ott says that there’s no known cause of the fire and that no theories have been eliminated.

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