General Electric announced last week that it will build a Power & Water advanced manufacturing facility in Greenville, S.C. GE plans to invest $400 million over the next ten years in Greenville to expand the company’s advanced manufacturing capabilities.
The new Advanced Manufacturing Works is expected to open in 2015 and create more than 80 jobs.
This will be GE Power & Water’s first advanced manufacturing facility.
The facility will serve as an incubator for innovative advanced manufacturing process development and rapid prototyping for the Power & Water businesses, including wind turbines, heavy duty gas engines, distributed power gas engines, nuclear power services and water processing. By developing new techniques and production processes at the new facility, the GE Power & Water business will be able to design, test, iterate and bring its products to market for customers quicker than ever, the company said.
“Greenville serves as the ideal location for the Power & Water advanced manufacturing site," GE Power & Water CEO Steve Bolze commented. " Here we will be able to deliver even more innovative breakthrough products and services, work better with each other and our customers, and bring best-in-class technologies to market quicker.”
GE started in Greenville more than 40 years ago with a 340,000 sq. ft. site. The site has since grown into more than 1.5 MM square feet of factory and offices, manufacturing products for customers worldwide. GE has more than 3,000 employees in Greenville and, in the past five years, has invested more than $500 million to bolster critical manufacturing activities housed on the GE Power & Water campus.
“The Greenville community has a long standing relationship with GE, and it welcomes the new GE Power & Water Advanced Manufacturing Works facility,” said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. “Manufacturing innovation is integral to economic progression and I am delighted that South Carolina has the infrastructure and skilled workforce that enables GE to shape the future of work.”