Tue, Feb 21, 2012
Three New GE Facilities Are Part Of $580 Million
With its global business base growing, GE Aviation is expanding
its manufacturing and research & development footprints in the
United States with three new facilities to open by 2013.
GE R&D Center Under Construction In
GE Aviation's production rates are expected to grow from
approximately 3,000 commercial and military engine deliveries in
2011 to 3,400 deliveries in 2012, and 3,800 deliveries in 2013. To
gear up for this delivery growth as well as expanded product
offerings, GE Aviation will invest approximately $580 million in
plant, equipment, and tooling during the 2011-2012 time frame
across its network of 55 U.S. operations.
GE Aviation employs approximately 25,000 employees in the U.S.,
an increase of 1,000 employees since 2010, and will add more than
400 employees over the next three years. "We are firing on all
cylinders," said David Joyce, president and CEO of GE Aviation.
"Our new-product development efforts and current product deliveries
are at historic levels. We are a global enterprise with operations
worldwide, but our expanding business has driven the investment in
U.S. plants and equipment."
The construction under way of three new GE Aviation sites
reflects the company's growing collaborations with U.S.
- Ellisville, Mississippi: By year's end, GE Aviation will
complete construction of a 300,000-square foot factory to
manufacture advanced composite components for jet engines and
aircraft systems. The facility will begin operating in 2013, and is
expected to create 250 manufacturing jobs by 2016. GE Aviation's
first composites factory in Mississippi, opened in Batesville in
2008, now employs more than 300 workers.
- Auburn, Alabama: Also by year's end, GE Aviation will complete
construction of a 300,000-square foot factory to produce advanced
machined parts for commercial and military engines. Limited hiring
begins next year. GE's goal is to employ 300 to 400 people when the
plant is at full production later this decade.
- Dayton, Ohio: Located on the University of Dayton campus,
construction is under way for GE's new Electrical Power Integrated
Systems Research and Development Center (EPISCENTER). The
120,000-square foot center will collaborate with University
researchers on advanced computer modeling, simulation, and analysis
of advanced, dynamic electric power systems and controls. The
center will be operational in 2013.
GE Aviation's investment in its U.S. operations has not been
limited to these new sites. The Evendale, Ohio, headquarters is
undergoing a multiyear, $100 million renovation. The airfoils
facility in Greenville, South Carolina, is adding 100 jobs between
2010 and 2013. Finally, at the GE Aviation Flight Test Operation in
Victorville, California, a newly acquired Boeing 747-400 is
undergoing a $60 million refurbishment and conversion to serve as a
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