Area Development
GE Aviation has begun construction on its Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center (EPISCENTER) at the University of Dayton, Ohio, a $51 million investment.

"GE's new R&D center will be the southern anchor to the Ohio Aerospace Hub of Innovation and Opportunity," said Lorraine Bolsinger, CEO of GE Aviation Systems. "This location and future facility will help all stakeholders in attracting high caliber engineering talent. The center will be a catalyst for new contracts and products resulting in job growth at the EPISCENTER and at GE locations such as Vandalia."

The center will target markets including end-to-end electrical power starter/generation, conversion, distribution, and load technologies for private and military aerospace.

The facility, which will measure 120,000 square feet, will be operational by the end of 2012.