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GE redesigns its traditional top-load washers (pictures)

GE added three new top-load washing machines to its product lineup today and showcased its recently renovated lean manufacturing facility.

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GE announced three new top-load washing machines today.

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This is the $599 GTW460ASJ, the most entry-level model of the group.

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The $649 GTW485ASJ was also unveiled today.

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This model has specific settings for treating stubborn tomato sauce, dirt, grass and wine stains.

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The $699 GTW680BSJ completes the new lineup.

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It features advanced design elements, such as a see-through lid and a touchpad interface.

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All three models are scheduled to hit stores in mid-October.

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GE also showcased its new lean manufacturing facility today.

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The team spent more than $100 million to make its top-load washing machine production process more efficient.

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That way, GE can manufacture a variety of models in smaller batches at the same time, instead of the standard large-batch style that produces a lot of the same units in a block before moving on to the next model.

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