GE Aviation, a global leader in jet engine and aircraft system production, today hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its new advanced composites factory near Asheville in Western North Carolina.
GE Aviation’s Sanjay Correa, Vice President, Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) Program and Mike Kauffman, Senior Executive, Composites Manufacturing were joined by Governor Pat McCrory and officials from the Asheville Area Chamber, Buncombe County, City of Asheville and NC Department of Commerce to commemorate the groundbreaking.
The new 170,000-square-foot facility will be the first in the world to mass produce engine components made of advanced ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials.
GE will begin hiring at the new CMC components plant in 2014. Within five years, the workforce at the plant is expected to grow to more than 340 people.
The existing workforce at GE Aviation’s current machining operation in Asheville will gradually transition to the CMC components plant.