Louisville, Ky. - GE appliances president Jim Campbell collapsed during a speech by Vice President Joe Biden at a dishwasher plant here yesterday.
According to a report in the Louisville Courier-Journal, Campbell may have fainted from the sweltering heat in the factory. He fell from a stool on a 3-foot-high platform toward the end of Biden's 25-minute address to employees, but quickly recovered and was taken to an on-site medical clinic for evaluation.
The plant is located in GE's Appliance Park industrial facility, where $25 million in federal stimulus funds will help create 800 jobs producing next-generation "smart" appliances.
"Some say we cannot afford to make investments," Biden told 400 workers gathered at a warehouse near idled production lines. "I say we cannot afford not to."