A surprise at Appliance Park, and cutting risk at Texas Roadhouse

News about Louisville’s major employers; updated frequently.

GE: Qingdao Haier Co., is — get this — adding jobs at Appliance Park, which the China-based company agreed to buy from GE in a $5.4 billion deal in January. New owners often do the opposite: cutting upper management jobs. But Qingdao says it needs the 85 new jobs to create a standalone company. (Courier-Journal).

TEXAS ROADHOUSE operators have a direct line to the 483-location Louisville-based restaurant chain’s risk management chief. Patrick Sterling’s so serious about his job, he keeps photos of his risk management team alongside those of his three daughters. (Business Insurance.)

Caldwell's Quirky CookeryIn other news, the Russell neighborhood hopes to grow 100 new businesses with a kitchen incubator backed by the Community Foundation of Louisville, the James Graham Brown Foundation and other philanthropic groups. Already, Chef Space is home to 20 small businesses, from Caldwell’s Quirky Cookery to Younique Soul (Broken Sidewalk).

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