Top aviation company to collaborate with Tuskegee, Auburn universities
AUBURN, Ala. (November 9, 2011) — Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon on Oct. 31 joined Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, Auburn Mayor Bill Ham Jr., Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, Auburn University President Jay Gogue and other dignitaries at the groundbreaking ceremony of GE Aviation’s new jet engine component factory site.
GE Aviation executives say they selected Auburn in large part because of its access to a skilled workforce and its proximity to Alabama's university system. The facility is expected to develop collaborative relationships with Auburn University and Tuskegee University. GE Aviation has already begun recruiting at both universities.
GE Aviation’s 300,000 square-foot advanced manufacturing plant will produce precision, super-alloy machined parts for GE jet engines that will power future commercial and military aircraft, and also support the vast fleet of GE jet engines already in service. The facility, scheduled to open in late 2012, aims to employ 300 to 400 later this decade. Limited hiring will begin next year.
From left, Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Auburn University President Jay Gogue at the GE Aviation groundbreaking in Auburn, Ala.