GE To Open Second
Aviation Manufacturing Plant In Mississippi
By Eddy Metcalf
July 28, 2011 - GE Aviation, a global leader in jet
engine and aircraft systems production, announced it
will open a new manufacturing facility in Ellisville,
Mississippi, to meet accelerating global demand. GE will
invest $56 million in the new facility. The company is
targeting for production to begin in 2013 and will
create 250 new high-tech manufacturing jobs by 2016.
The 300,000-square foot facility will manufacture
advanced composite components for aircraft engines and
systems for GE Aviation?s growing business. The
announcement follows the 2008 opening of GE Aviation?s
manufacturing facility in Batesville, Mississippi, which
now employs 300 workers and is growing. The two sites
represent a $150 million investment by GE in aviation
technology by the end of decade.
?We are excited to expand our production capability in
Mississippi with the opening of a second plant that will
create hundreds of new high-tech jobs this decade for
the state,? said David Joyce, President and CEO, GE
Aviation. ?GE has invested more than $12 billion in the
research and development of reliable technology
innovation over the past ten years and today?s
announcement shows that commitment is paying off.?
?Within ten years, GE Aviation will have created more than 600 jobs for Mississippi workers and invested $150 million in the state,? said Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.
expansion into Mississippi underscores the growth at GE
Aviation, where deliveries of commercial engines for GE and its
partner companies will grow this year and in 2012, approaching
record levels. Over the next several years, GE Aviation will
invest hundreds of millions of dollars across its more than 30
operations in the U.S., including at new manufacturing
operations in Auburn, Alabama; and in Mississippi. GE Aviation
employs approximately 17,000 workers in manufacturing in the
deliveries of commercial engines produced by GE Aviation, CFM
International (50/50 joint company of GE and Snecma), and the
Engine Alliance (50/50 joint company of GE and Pratt & Whitney)
will grow approximately 10 percent over 2010 deliveries of 2000
During the Paris
Air Show in June, GE Aviation and its joint venture companies
accumulated engine and services orders valued at more than $27 billion.
GE engines are now on more than 25,000 planes around the world.
GE develops and produces the world?s most advanced composite components for jet engines and systems. Composite components being produced by GE Aviation in Mississippi provide greater durability and engine weight savings, which translate into better aircraft fuel efficiency and reduced maintenance and replacement costs.
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