GE Aviation Breaks Ground on Auburn Facility
GE Aviation has broken ground on a jet-engine components factory in Auburn, Ala. The 300,000-sq-ft manufacturing plant will produce precision, super-alloy machined parts for GE jet engines that will power future commercial and military aircraft and will support the fleet of GE engines already in service. The facility is located only five minutes from Auburn University’s campus. “GE Aviation wanted to align with Auburn for several reasons,” Colleen Athans, vice president and general manager, Supply Chain, GE Aviation, told AIN. “The university has extensive experience in aerospace research, including work with the government. Another significant advantage is the students have the right skill sets that GE needs for component manufacturing.” GE plans to develop collaborative relationships with both Auburn University and Tuskegee University. According to Athans, the facility is on schedule to open in late 2012, with limited hiring to begin earlier in the year and additional hiring slated for 2013 as production begins to ramp up. It expects to employ as many as 400 people.