GE Aviation announced Tuesday plans for expansion in Greenville. The expansion will include a multi-million dollar investment and 100 additional jobs by 2013. The investment will fund the relocation of the business from its present location on Garlington Road to a 150,000 square foot facility in the Matrix Industrial Park. GE spokesperson Debra Case says they have outgrown the building they shared with GE Energy on Garlington Road. “Frankly we have just outgrown that space and we’re also changing how we’re doing the product. Currently we make the air foil for aircraft engines at this facility and them we outsource (the coating process). What we’re going to be doing is keeping that coating technology and bringing it in house.”
The expansion efforts will reduce the production time for turbine blades by 50 percent and boost its production capacity. The relocation will start in November and is scheduled to be completed by early next year.
GE has a long history in South Carolina with investments in Florence, Charleston and Greenville.