GE Aviation is investing $195 million over the next four years into a major expansion effort for its jet engine production facilities in North Carolina, along with plans on breaking ground later this year on an advanced composite component factory.
The new facility, located in Asheville, N.C., will be 125,00 sq. feet, with a focus on producing aircraft engine components composed of ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials. GE's investment represents its goal for producing next-generation aircraft engines, with the lightweight CMC components supporting an effort to reduce fuel burn and maintenance costs while also supporting high temperatures in high pressure turbines.
"GE has been investing in CMC technology for decades, and we are mastering the manufacturing of CMCs at our laboratory in Delaware. Asheville will be our first factory involved in the mass production of CMC components," said David Joyce, president and CEO of GE Aviation. "We believe the future Asheville plant will be on the ground floor of a new technology that will change aviation."
Additionally, through 2017, GE plans on using some of that $195 million investment to expand its existing operations in North Carolina at the Durham, West Jefferson and Wilmington facilities.
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