GE plans $32m innovation and advanced manufacturing plant in the US

By Glen White
GE has announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across the bu...

GE has announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across the business.

The new facility represents a $32M investment over three years by the company and will result in the creation of 50 high-tech engineering jobs across a variety of disciplines.

The new facility cements GE’s commitment to developing a link between technology and manufacturing – marrying hardware with software. The company is a pioneer when it comes to developing new solutions for the global manufacturing sector.

Advanced Manufacturing is about making things better and faster for customers. It includes new digital fabrication technology, lean manufacturing methods and rapid-prototyping, advanced materials sciences, supply chain efficiency and open innovation. The facility will focus on improving capabilities and usage of additive manufacturing across GE while advancing materials sciences and inspection technologies.

Dan Heintzelman, GE vice chairman said, “Advanced manufacturing is driving a profound change in industry and at GE. 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.”

The new facility will be opening in Pennsylvania, which is already home to more than 8,500 GE employees. The site will be located outside of Pittsburgh in Findlay Township, PA to capitalize on the renowned academic institutions and skilled workforce in the area. Construction is expected to begin in March 2015 to be completed by 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.

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