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$200 million GE Aviation facility opens in Huntsville

The facility will produce materials used for military and commercial plane engines as well as rockets.

Posted: May 9, 2018 5:22 PM
Updated: May 9, 2018 7:45 PM

The new 250,000 square foot GE Aviation facility opened in Huntsville Wednesday.

The facility will produce materials used for military and commercial plane engines as well as rockets.

The $200 million facility produces a product that is made only one other place in the world.

GE Aviation is bringing cutting edge technology to the Tennessee Valley.

It's currently only made in japan. The facility will produce raw materials used to make ceramic matrix composites which is used in the production of engines.

The material is lightweight and stronger than metal.

The new facility has hired 90 employees so far, and one of them told us they're currently training and piecing together the parts for the facility.

"It feels amazing. I guess it really won't hit until we're actually getting the product out the door but it definitely does feel amazing to be a part of it," said Quintin Carlock a worker.

Production is expected to start at the end in of 2018. In the next year, GE told us it hopes to double the amount of people that work there.

At the facility's peak production, they plan to have 300 workers.

GE Aviation told us it has enough land to double the size of it's operation in the coming years.

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