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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Seacast and GE Aviation Team Up to Produce Jet Engines

GE Aviation and Seacast Inc. have established a joint venture to produce jet engine components in Montana, AV Stop reports.

Montana Precision Products represents a 50/50 joint venture in Butte to produce tubes, ducts and small structural castings for GE jet engines. The companies are collaborating to optimize global supply chain requirements in response to rising jet engine demand. Seacast has produced parts for GE Aviation in the past but this represents the first joint operation by the two companies.

“We are excited by the manufacturing expertise at the Butte operation, including critical skills in welding and fabrication,” GE Aviation Supply Chain Division General Manager Colleen Athans told AV Stop. “We are very fortunate to have a strong order book, and this joint venture will provide much needed additional capacity to meet our commitments.”

The Seacast Butte facility already employs 70 production workers, machinists, welders and other workers; planned investments over the next four years will grow this number and expand the facility.

“We are thrilled to have our Butte facility team up with GE Aviation,” Seacast Vice President and Co-Owner Bert Robins said. “Our combined core competencies create a truly unique partnership that ensures the shop’s growth and provides Montana with strong, sustainable job opportunities.”

Brian Lane

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