GE has announced its plans to build a new manufacturing facility as part of a $32 million investment to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across GE.
The new facility will initially create 50 high-tech mechanical, electrical, systems and software engineering jobs that will join GE’s global network of 50,000 world-class scientists, engineers, and skilled labour.
The plan reflects GE’s belief that the marrying of hardware with software is bringing a new era of better and faster advanced manufacturing. It includes new digital fabrication technology, lean manufacturing methods and rapid-prototyping, advanced materials sciences, supply chain efficiency and open innovation.
“Advanced manufacturing is driving a profound change in industry and at GE,” explained Dan Heintzelman, GE vice chairman. “It is how we will compete and win in the future. We can more efficiently invent and build products for our customers, while driving better margins for our investors. This new facility is crucial for bringing advanced manufacturing technology to all our businesses.”
Pennsylvania is already home to more than 8,500 GE employees and renowned academic institutions with significant presence from GE’s Transportation, Power & Water, Oil & Gas and Energy Management sectors. The new site will be located outside of Pittsburgh in Findlay Township, PA with completion expected for September 2015.
Governor Tom Corbett said, “By integrating education, workforce training and technology, we are cultivating a renaissance in Pennsylvania manufacturing. I am proud of the economic environment we have created to encourage global companies like GE to invest in our future and in our skilled and talented workers. The 50 high-tech jobs GE is creating with this project is terrific news for hard working families in southwest Pennsylvania.”
This facility represents another major GE investment in U.S. manufacturing technology. In the past two years alone, GE has established new advanced manufacturing locations in; Greenville, South Carolina, Asheville, North Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida; while expanding work in GE Aviation in Auburn, AL and improving manufacturing at GE Aviation in Rutland, Vermont with significant financial results.