AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Alabama governor Robert Bentley praised the states' work force and pro business climate at the ribbon cutting at GE Aviation's new manufacturing facility in Auburn on Monday.
News Leader 9's Elizabeth White covered the ribbon cutting and reports even before the bow hit the ground in front of the massive manufacturing facility, there was talk of an expansion and adding even more new, high paying jobs.
Even before the CEO of GE Aviation cut the ribbon to the new facility, he was already talking about adding more jobs and an expansion.
The new Auburn plant represents a $75 million capital investment.
Inside the 300,000 square foot building, associates will produce high pressure turbine airfoils.
Fifty employees will be hired by the end of the year, with 300 to 400 employees at full capacity.
The CEO of the world's number one supplier of commercial and military jet engines says Alabama is a great place to do business.
"We have quite a process for selection a new site and it's not just the economic development packages, it's the work environment we feel we can be most produced in," said David Joyce, President and CEO of GE Aviation. "And we want to grow, so Alabama brings case after case of examples of companies that are thrilled with their productivity and the work force and teaming environment and the positive attitude about jobs and employment made it an easy decision for us."
GE Aviation is expected to thrive in Auburn, and if does, that's one more success story Alabama can add to its resume to attract even more high tech jobs, and GE has promised to be a great corporate citizen.
GE Volunteers is a program that reaches out to local groups like the East Alabama Food Bank and national groups like March of Dimes to give back and enrich their community.
This is a big win for the state and especially Auburn. Job opportunities are still available; all you have to do is log onto ge.com and click on the Careers tab for more information.