Refrigerators are one of the only appliances found in nearly every type of home, whether it’s an apartment in suburban Atlanta, a high-rise condominium in downtown Chicago, a beach house in Hawaii or a trailer in Texas. The humble refrigerator is also the hardest working household appliance. Day and night, it’s constantly running to keep all types of food and beverages cool, fresh or frozen. The hardest working refrigerator factory in the world is GE Appliances’ facility in Decatur, AL. The vertically integrated, high-volume assembly plant located on the banks of the Tennessee River specializes in mass-producing top-freezer refrigerators. Because of its unique heritage, GE Appliances, a Haier company, has been the world’s leading refrigerator producer for almost 100 years. Today, the 42-year-old Decatur plant is one of the company’s highest-volume facilities. The assembly plant is one of several GE Appliances’ factories in the United States that produce everything from air conditioners to washing machines. But, what sets the Decatur facility apart is its ability to assemble thousands of refrigerators a day while meeting key performance indicators such as cost, delivery, employee...