Officials Celebrate Opening of Composites Manufacturing Facility

Officials Celebrate Opening of Composites Manufacturing Facility (Image 1)
Officials Celebrate Opening of Composites Manufacturing Facility (Image 1)

Governor
Phil Bryant, officials from GE Aviation and state and local leaders gathered
Tuesday to celebrate the grand opening of the company's new 344,000-square-foot
composites manufacturing facility in Ellisville, Miss., in Jones County. The
plant, officially known as GE Ellisville Composites, is a $56 million company
investment that will create 250 new jobs.

 

“Today
is an exciting day for Ellisville, Jones County and the entire state as GE
Aviation opens the doors to its second Mississippi facility,” Governor Bryant
said. “I appreciate the contributions this exemplary corporate citizen has made
to our state, and I thank GE Aviation officials for continuing to invest in
Mississippi.”

 

GE
Aviation, global leader in jet engine and aircraft systems production, opened
its first Mississippi composites manufacturing facility in Batesville in 2008.
GE Aviation chose to create the Ellisville operation to meet an increase in
global demand.

 

“GE
Aviation's growing partnership with the state of Mississippi is creating
long-term economic growth,” said David Joyce, president and chief executive
officer of GE Aviation. “We couldn't be happier with our Batesville operation,
and we look forward to the growth of our new Ellisville operation.”

 

Employees
at the Ellisville facility will be engaged in the production of advanced
composite components for aircraft engines and systems.

 

“I
am confident GE Aviation will enjoy the same success in Ellisville that it has
in Batesville,” said Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Brent
Christensen. “I am glad the Mississippi Development Authority was able to
assist GE Aviation in expanding into Jones County, and we appreciate our
partners in Ellisville and Jones County who have worked so hard to help make
this new facility a reality.”

 

Individuals
interested in applying for a position with GE Aviation in Ellisville may do so
online at www.mdes.ms.gov or in person at the WIN Job Center, 2139 Highway 15
North, Suite D in Laurel, Miss. The company plans to employ 30 workers at the
facility by the end of 2013.

 

GE
develops and produces the world's most advanced composite components for jet
engines and systems. Composite components provide greater durability and engine
weight savings, which translate into better aircraft fuel efficiency and
reduced maintenance and replacement costs. GE introduced composite fan blades
to jet travel in 1995 with its GE90 engine on the Boeing 777. Composite
components are now being incorporated into both GE commercial and military
engines, as well as aircraft systems, as they provide greater durability and
engine weight savings, which translate into better aircraft fuel efficiency and
reduced maintenance and replacement costs.

 

GE
Aviation is a world-leading producer of commercial and military jet engines and
components, as well as integrated digital, electric power and mechanical
systems for aircraft. The company has approximately 38,000 employees and
operates more than 80 manufacturing and service facilities around the world. To
learn more about the company, please visit www.geaviation.com.

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