NC Aviation Facility Invests to Expand Jet Engine Production

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper tours GE Aviation’s Asheville, NC, facility

A world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components, and integrated systems recently announced investments to expand its production facilities at two of its North Carolina locations.

GE Aviation, which designs its products for commercial, military, business, and general aviation aircraft, reported that 131 jobs will be created at its Asheville facility and 15 positions at its West Jefferson manufacturing plant, investments totaling $105M to increase production of jet engines and components.

Michael Meguiar, Asheville Plant Leader

“We are very pleased to continue expanding our GE Aviation business in Asheville,” said Michael Meguiar, Asheville Plant Leader. “We continue to build on a great workforce, culture, and community that supports advanced manufacturing jobs in Western North Carolina. This merging of technology and a strong, creative workforce is the foundation of our success. Our site continues to grow as we win components for our next generation of engines such as the GE9X and the CFM LEAP. I’m very proud of the technology advances and the continued competitiveness that our teams have been able to demonstrate.”

GE Aviation also operates a component manufacturing facility in Wilmington and an engine assembly plant in Durham. The Asheville CMC plant, opened in 2014, was the company’s first site to mass produce CMC components for jet engines.