GE Aviation coming to Huntsville; will create 300 new jobs

GE Aviation coming to Huntsville; will create 300 new jobs
Source: Twitter/Jennifer Ardis, Communication Director for Alabama
Source: Twitter/Jennifer Ardis, Communication Director for Alabama
(Source: WAFF Staff)
(Source: WAFF Staff)
A rendering of the new GE plant. (Source: Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County)
A rendering of the new GE plant. (Source: Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - On Tuesday, Governor Robert Bentley met with Huntsville leaders and GE company officials as he announced GE Aviation bringing new jobs to Huntsville.

During his press conference at the Old House Chamber in Montgomery, Bentley said GE Aviation is investing more than $200 million to create adjacent factories in Huntsville to mass-produce silicon carbide materials.

These materials will be used to manufacture ceramic matrix composite components for jet engines and land-based gas turbines. When the factories are operational later this decade, they are expected to employ up to 300 people. They will be located in Limestone County off Greenbrier Road near Interstate 65.

Huntsville Mayor, Tommy Battle, Madison County Commissioner Dale Strong's office and the office of Limestone County Chairman Mark Yarbrough all attended the announcement in Montgomery.

"We are honored that GE Aviation has chosen Huntsville for an advanced technology manufacturing operation to produce silicon carbide materials for commercial and military engines," Governor Robert Bentley said. "Today's announcement is important because Alabama is expanding our partnership with a global aviation leader.  We have prioritized advanced manufacturing in aerospace and aviation, and I appreciate the investment by GE Aviation in this new Huntsville operation."

One plant will produce silicon carbide ceramic fiber, which will be the first such operation in the United States. The adjacent GE factory will use the silicon carbide ceramic fiber to produce the unidirectional ceramic matrix composite tape necessary to fabricate ceramic matrix composite components.

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Construction of the two plants will begin around mid-2016, with full completion by the first half of 2018.  Production begins in 2018 and GE has already begun hiring the technical team that will transfer to the Huntsville operation.

GE expects to begin hiring the hourly workforce in late 2016.

In 2010, GE Aviation planned to build a new plant in Alabama, that would build a coatings plant for military jet engines.

Take a closer look at the jobs already coming to the area based on other manufacturers' expansion plans.

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