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AVIAGE SYSTEMS Opens Design-Manufacturing-Research Hub In Peoria, Arizona

AVIAGE SYSTEMS, a global Tier-1 civil avionics solution provider and joint venture between General Electric Company and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, opened its high-quality research, design and manufacturing complex in Peoria, Arizona.

According to the firm, the company’s strategic expansion in Peoria, Arizona, initially includes the creation of 40 high-wage jobs and nearly $5 million in capital investment, with opportunities for future growth. The opening of the facility at 9197 W. Thunderbird Road, Suite 100, complements Arizona’s robust avionics and aerospace sector.

"AVIAGE SYSTEMS represents a historic international aviation joint venture between GE and AVIC. It was critical to find precisely the right location to expand its operations beyond China into North America," said President of Global Engineering & Technology for GE Aviation and AVIAGE SYSTEMS Board Member, Jim Daily. "Arizona became a clear candidate, with its drive to expand an already impressive base of hi-tech businesses, its close business connections with world-class educational institutions, its deep aviation heritage, its ease of access to our aviation customers throughout the Americas, its dedicated economic-development focus and its tremendous quality of life.”

“After we had the opportunity to spend substantial time collaborating with Governor Ducey and Mayor Carlat, it was clear that Arizona and Peoria provided the ideal business opportunity for the expansion of AVIAGE SYSTEMS enterprise,” he added.

“I am thrilled to welcome AVIAGE SYSTEMS to Arizona as it makes its first U.S. expansion that will be key to supporting the company’s global growth plans. It’s a partnership that makes sense for many reasons: Arizona ranks as one of the United States’ largest employment areas in aviation and aerospace systems manufacturing,” Governor Doug Ducey said. “We are looking forward to continuing to grow this key sector of our economy, and to helping AVIAGE SYSTEMS grow right alongside us.”

"Out of a multitude of U.S. cities, AVIAGE SYSTEMS selected Peoria for its first offshore location and that obviously says a lot about what we have to offer business partners: an educated workforce, a supportive business community and a top-notch quality of life," said Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat. “This historic enterprise is a perfect fit with our city’s long-term economic development plans. This partnership will bring quality jobs to our community."

“AVIAGE SYSTEMS’s expansion into Arizona opens a key foreign market for our thriving aerospace sector,” said Sandra Watson, President/CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Arizona has more than 1,200 companies that are active in the aviation supply chain. These companies are leaders in research, engineering, operations, maintenance and other services that support the aviation industry.”

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