LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A General Electric spokeswoman described the response as overwhelming as about 2,500 people picked up applications Wednesday for about 200 jobs in Louisville.
The company will continue taking applications through Thursday for the positions at Appliance Park.
The new hires will replace GE workers who are retiring.
GE has negotiated labor agreements to offer early retirement incentives to higher-paid workers and replace them with employees earning significantly less.
Those hired could find themselves working for a new employer soon.
General Electric has announced plans to sell the appliance business, spin it off as an independent company or join with another manufacturer in a joint venture.