General Electric began construction on a new, $400 million, advanced Power & Water manufacturing facility, creating more than 80 new jobs over the next 10 years in Greenville County, South Carolina.
In 1968, GE established its corporate presence in Greenville County with the creation of a 340,000-square-foot facility. Today, that same facility employs more than 3,000 associates and has grown into more than one million square feet of factory and offices, manufacturing products to support customers on a global level.
GE Power & Water Greenville Advanced Manufacturing Works facility, the first-of-its-kind, will serve as an incubator for innovative advanced manufacturing process development and rapid prototyping. By developing new techniques and production processes in close proximity to Power & Water's established manufacturing operation on the Greenville campus, GE will be able to design, test, iterate and rapidly bring its products to market. The new facility is expected to be operational in 2015.
"The advanced manufacturing facility represents another major GE investment in expanding our Power & Water technologies and our ongoing investment in South Carolina, which began in 1968. The advanced manufacturing techniques that are developed in South Carolina will increase product speed to market, benefiting our global customer base. GE's innovation will power the world,” said GE Power & Water President/CEO Steve Bolze.
"The Greenville community has a long-standing relationship with GE, and we welcome the new Power & Water advanced manufacturing facility. Manufacturing innovation is integral to economic progress, and I am delighted that South Carolina will provide the infrastructure and skilled workforce that enables GE's continued success,” Governor Nikki Haley said.
"An investment of this size in our state is a reminder that South Carolina's skilled workforce and business-friendly atmosphere are keys to our economic success. The opening of this new facility also reflects our on-going partnership with GE as they continue to grow and add jobs within our state. They had the opportunity to expand anywhere in the world and they chose South Carolina - for that we are honored and we look forward to their continued growth with us for years to come,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
"GE's decision to locate this state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing center here is a direct result of having national caliber talent to grow with, an attractive and pro-business community, and the commitment of state and local officials who embrace their vision. We celebrate their brilliant decision to grow and prosper here in Greenville County,” Dr. Bob Taylor, board member of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and Chairman of Greenville County Council explained.
"GE is a leader in the global manufacturing community and a major contributor to our region's reputation as a hub for innovation, technology and advanced manufacturing as well. We salute their commitment to growing and advancing their presence here in Greenville County,” said Dick Wilkerson, Chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation.