Gov. Robert Bentley has announced the plans of a world leader in jet engine and aircraft system production, GE Aviation, to bring high volume additive production to its plant in Auburn.
This facility will be the first such one to make additive components in bulk for the jet propulsion industry.
To make the announcement, GE Aviation'sDavid Joyce, President & CEO, Colleen Athans, Vice President & General Manger, Supply Chain and Greg Morris, General Manager, Additive Technologies joined the governor and members of the Alabama team at the Farnborough Air Show.
GE will spend $50M on the current 300,000-square-foot plant to prepare for the further work.
The company's investment will reach a total of over $125M since 2011, once completed.
The governor said : '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.'
Mayor of Auburn Bill Ham added : 'We are delighted that GE Aviation has chosen Auburn, Alabama for this advanced technology manufacturing operation. We are partners and look forward to many years of a fruitful relationship.'
Auburn plant leader, Joe Markiewicz, said : ''This investment is a testament to GE s commitment to this advanced technology. The Auburn team will play a vital role in the next-generation of aircraft engines, and we re proud to be a part of it.'