GE Furloughs 500 Workers in Louisville

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General Electric has furloughed about 500 workers and temporarily stopped production of a new refrigerator line, a hybrid water heater and a washer line.

The Courier-Journal cited a statement from GE that says the moves are due to a decrease in appliance sales. Company spokeswoman Kim Freeman said sales were down nearly a million units in 2012 as compared to 2011 and 2013 has started off slower than expected.

GE says second-shift production of the "french door" refrigerators will be shut down for five weeks while production on the water header and washer line will stop for one week.

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