Heating up in Camden: water heater team builds pepper garden outside plant

Jul 12th 2021

Later this year, GE Appliances will officially reopen its Camden, S.C., plant as the new Water Heater Manufacturing Center of Excellence. 

As work continues, engineers on the project recently came together in a fun, creative way by building and growing a hot pepper garden in front of the facility.

"We adopted ‘Caliente’ as our team name,” said David Sheldon, engineering program director. “We started some pepper seeds in Louisville under lights over the winter and then transported them to Camden to grow and prosper – just like our water heater business.”

In 2020, renovation and retooling efforts began to transform the plant, which produced refrigerators, into a state-of-the-art, high-volume, water heater production facility with capacity for future growth. 

Thanks to Team Caliente, GEA is poised to grow its business and product portfolio with one of the most advanced manufacturing facilities in the industry. 

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