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Fri January 4, 2013

Is Louisville a Leader of Insourcing Jobs? The Atlantic Says Yes.

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At its height, the General Electric Plant in Louisville employed 23,000 people. That was in 1973.

After that, the plant began to shrink — laying off more and more employees. Like other manufacturing giants, it followed the outsourcing trend, sending jobs overseas, and especially China.

By 2011, GE bottomed-out with less than just 1,900 jobs in the Louisville plant.

But in February of 2012, something began to change. New jobs were created. A new assembly line opened — the first since 1955.

All of this was reported in a story in the Atlantic Magazine, by Charles Fishman. It’s called, “The Insourcing Boom. ” And it began with GE bringing home a water heater — a simple appliance they’ve made for years. But as Fishman explains to WFPL’s Jonathan Bastian, that’s only the beginning of the story.

Charles Fishman