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GE Aviation Invests $200 Million In Two Huntsville, Alabama, Manufacturing Centers

GE Aviation will invest $200 million to build two manufacturing centers that will produce silicon carbide materials in Huntsville, Alabama. The facility, expected to employ 300 associates, will manufacture ultra-lightweight components for jet engines.

One of the Alabama plants will be the first large-scale facility in the United States to produce silicon carbide ceramic fiber. The adjacent GE factory will use the SiC ceramic fiber to produce a unidirectional tape necessary to fabricate advanced ceramic matrix composite components, or CMCs, for jet engines and land-based gas turbines. Construction of the plants is expected to begin in mid-2016, with full completion by the first half of 2018.

“Establishing the new GE factories in Alabama is a very significant step in developing the supply chain we need in order to produce CMC components in large volume,” said Sanjay Correa, Vice President of GE Aviation’s CMC Program.

“Today’s announcement is important because Alabama is expanding our partnership with a global aviation leader,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “We have prioritized advanced manufacturing in aerospace and aviation, and I appreciate the investment by GE Aviation in this new Huntsville operation.”

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