General Electric (Fairfield, Conn., USA) announced the construction of a new state-of-the-art Power & Water advanced manufacturing facility to be built in Greenville, S.C., USA. This will be GE Power & Water’s first advanced manufacturing facility, and GE plans to invest $400 million in Greenville over the next 10 years to expand the company’s advanced manufacturing capabilities. The new Advanced Manufacturing Works is slated to open in 2015, creating over 80 jobs.
The facility will serve as an incubator for innovative advanced manufacturing process development and rapid prototyping for the Power & Water businesses, including wind turbines, heavy duty gas engines, distributed power gas engines, nuclear power services and water processing. By developing new techniques and production processes at this new facility, GE Power & Water asserts that it will be able to design, test, iterate and bring its products to market quicker than ever.
“Greenville serves as the ideal location for the Power & Water advanced manufacturing site. Here we will be able to deliver even more innovative breakthrough products and services, work better with each other and our customers, and bring best-in-class technologies to market quicker,” GE Power & Water President and CEO Steve Bolze commented.
GE started in Greenville more than 40 years ago with a 340,000 ft2 site, which has since grown into more than 1.5 MM ft2. The company has more than 3,000 employees in Greenville and, in the past five years, has invested more than $500 million to bolster critical manufacturing activities housed on the GE Power & Water campus.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said, “The Greenville community has a long standing relationship with GE, and it welcomes the new GE Power & Water Advanced Manufacturing Works facility. Manufacturing innovation is integral to economic progression and I am delighted that South Carolina has the infrastructure and skilled workforce that enables GE to shape the future of work.”
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