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Asheville Lands New Jobs From GE Aviation

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GE Aviation announced Monday it will build a new facility in Asheville. This new $195 million dollar investment could create 240 jobs by 2017. GE Aviation announced Monday it will build a new facility in Asheville. This new $195 million dollar investment could create 240 jobs by 2017.
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GE Aviation announced Monday it will build a new facility in Asheville. This new $195 million dollar investment could create 240 jobs by 2017.

GE Aviation leaders said today they will break ground on the new factory this year. The plant will make jet engine components made of advanced ceramic matrix composite materials, or CMC.

The company could begin hiring at the new CMC components plant as early as 2014. 

"GE has been investing in CMC technology for decades, and we are mastering the manufacturing of CMCs at our laboratory in Delaware. Asheville would be our first factory involved in the mass production of CMC components," said David Joyce, president and CEO of GE Aviation. "We believe the future Asheville plant will be on the ground floor of a new technology that will change aviation."

The specific CMC component to be built in the new Asheville facility is a high-pressure turbine shroud, a stationery component that directs exhaust gases through the high-pressure turbine. More importantly, this CMC component will be on the best-selling LEAP jet engine.

The new CMC factory in Asheville – which would be unique in the jet propulsion industry – is subject to final approvals of incentives from the State of North Carolina.

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