Brad Brougher is the plant manager.
We found this place in June of last year and it’s fantastic, 150,000 square feet. We put between six ad seven million dollars into outfitting the building and it fits us perfectly for what we need right now.
GE currently employees 150 people at the site and plans to add another 100 employees by 2013 and invest $30 million.
On hand for the event was Governor Mark Sanford.
We continue to have a diversified economy in South Carolina, which makes for a stronger economy over the long run. GE Aviation is producing the fan blades for the Dreamliners that will be produced in Charleston.
GE officials say the new facility will enable GE Aviation to reduce production time for turbine blades by 50 percent–from about 15 days to one week–and boost its production capacity. Volume is expected to grow by approximately 40 percent at the facility this year. The blades can be found on several commercial engine applications including most Boeing and Airbus aircraft.
Since announcing plans in 2009 to relocate its Greenville facility, GE has worked closely with the Greenville County Council and the South Carolina Department of Commerce.