*GE Aviation* to build plant in *Ashville*
GE Aviation, a global leader in jet-engine and aircraft-system production, plans to break ground this year on an advanced composite-component factory near Asheville. The new 125,000-square-foot facility would produce engine components made of advanced ceramic matrix composite, or CMC, materials.
The company could begin hiring at the new CMC components plant as early as 2014. Within five years, the workforce at the plant would be expected to grow to more than 340 employees.
The new facility would be unique in the jet-propulsion industry and would be part of a larger commitment to invest $195 million across state operations through 2017. It has more than 1,300 employees at sites in Durham, West Jefferson, Wilmington and Asheville. Overall, the new CMC facility, combined with plant and equipment upgrades at existing sites, could create 240 additional jobs by 2017.
To prepare for the new factory, the company would partner with Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. The training program at ABTCC would allow current and prospective employees to train in a hands-on environment with state-of-the-art machinery.