GE Aviation to open second plant in Mississippi
by MBJ Staff
Published: July 28,2011
ELLISVILLE — GE Aviation will locate a second manufacturing plant in Mississippi at Ellisville where it will produce advanced composite components for aircraft engines and systems. The company is developing plans for the construction of a manufacturing facility of about 300,000 square feet in Howard Technology Park.
The project represents an investment of $56 million and will employ 250 workers once the facility has ramped up to full production later this decade. Production is scheduled to begin in 2013.
Gov. Haley Barbour said, “Within 10 years, GE Aviation will have created more than 600 jobs for Mississippi’s workers and invested $150 million in the state. Since GE Aviation first located operations at the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory at Mississippi State University more than five years ago, the company has been a valued corporate citizen and partner.”
To help facilitate the project, the Mississippi Development Authority worked with company and local officials to provide assistance for training and equipment through the Mississippi Industrial Incentive Financing Revolving Fund. The agency also provided funding for infrastructure needs related to the project. Additionally, the City of Ellisville, Jones County and the Economic Development Authority of Jones County are providing the land, site preparation and infrastructure assistance for this project as well as in-kind contributions.
GE Aviation will be able to take advantage of Mississippi’s Aerospace Initiative Incentives program, which provides tax incentives to companies that manufacture or assemble components for the aerospace industry or provide research, development or training services for the sector and are looking to locate or expand in the state.
The Ellisville site is the first to be Project Ready Certified by Mississippi Power Company.
Since announcing its plans to locate its first facility in Mississippi in 2006, GE Aviation has worked closely with the state and a number of its universities and research centers. To demonstrate the manufacture of composite components, the company partnered with MSU’s College of Engineering and its Raspet Flight Research Laboratory. After the GE Batesville facility was completed in 2008, the company began production of these composite components there. In 2009, GE Aviation announced it would expand its Batesville operation, which now employs 300 people at the facility and is expected to grow. GE Aviation also partnered with the Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the University of Mississippi for continual improvement of their manufacturing processes. GE Aviation will work with the University of Southern Mississippi to collaborate on research for technology and advanced material development.
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