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Friday, April 18, 2014

GE Aviation Breaks Ground on North Carolina Facility

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Composite components produced at the new GE Aviation Asheville facility will help build LEAP engines, shown above. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

GE Aviation broke ground on a new composites manufacturing facility in Asheville, N.C., where it will produce engine components from advanced ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials.

The groundbreaking for the 170,000 sq-ft facility was attended by Sanjay Correa, vice president of GE’s CMC Program; Mike Kauggman, senior executive of composites manufacturing; North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory; and other local officials.

GE will begin hiring for the facility next year, with a five-year plan to grow the facility workforce to 340 people, including some GE employees working at other facilities in Asheville.

“We are excited for GE Aviation and its new CMC facility in Asheville,” said McCrory. “The aviation sector is an important industry for our state, and GE excels in it. We’re proud that these advanced engine components will be manufactured right here in North Carolina.”

The CMC engine components produced at the Asheville facility will be in the LEAP jet engine, which will enter service on the Airbus A320neo, Boeign 737 MAX, and COMAC C919 jetliners starting in 2016.

–Brian Lane

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