LONDON — GE Aviation, a global leader in jet engine and aircraft system production, today announced plans to bring high volume additive manufacturing to its facility in Auburn, making the facility the first of its kind to mass produce additive components for the jet propulsion industry.
GE Aviation’s David Joyce, president and CEO; Colleen Athans, vice president and general manager, supply chain; and Greg Morris, general manager, additive technologies were joined by Governor Robert Bentley and members of the Alabama delegation at the Farnborough Air Show to celebrate the announcement.
“GE Aviation’s decision to launch a 3-D printing initiative at its Auburn plant speaks volumes about the ability of an Alabama workforce to carry out cutting-edge manufacturing. This is tomorrow’s technology, and we are proud to say it will be performed right here in Alabama,” Governor Bentley said.
GE will invest $50 million in the existing 300,000-square-foot facility to prepare for the additional work. Upon completion, GE investment will total more than $125 million since 2011. (Read an article about the company’s Auburn facility.)