Tuskegee could be job pipeline for aviation manufacturer


AUBURN, Ala. (April 29, 2013) — GE Aviation held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of its jet engine components factory in Auburn, Ala., today. The 300,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing plant will produce precision, super-alloy machine 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 factory will manufacture high-press turbine airfoils.

Gilbert L. Rochon, Tuskegee University president, attended the ceremony, met with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Auburn Mayor Bill Ham as well as toured the new facility. Along with Auburn University and Southern Union, Tuskegee will collaborate with the company to help supply the factory’s workforce and possibly aid in creation of internship and co-op opportunities for students. The company said by the end of 2013, GE expects to hire 50 employees. Based on current demand for its jet engines, GE expects to hire 300 to 400 people later this decade.

Left to right: GE Aviation president and CEO, David Joyce, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Gilbert L. Rochon, Tuskegee University president.

GE Aviation factory.

Model of GE Aviation jet engine part.

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