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From the Associated Press

General Electric in Louisville will start taking applications for 480 new jobs starting Wednesday.

GE spokeswoman Kim Freeman says former employees and those with manufacturing experience will be given first consideration.

The company will accept 6,000 applications, and Freeman says anyone who has previously applied for a GE job will need to apply again. Applications are only being taken on the Internet and will only be accepted through 4 p.m. next Friday.

There are no paper applications, and phone and in-person inquiries won’t be accepted.

The first of the $13-per-hour jobs will begin in February, making the GeoSpring hybrid water heater.

The company has promised to invest $1 billion and hire up to 1,400 new workers at Appliance Park to manufacture five new applicances by 2014.

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