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Governor Bentley: Aerospace success laying foundation for growth

LONDON, England — After announcing projects that will create more than 700 aerospace jobs in the state, Governor Robert Bentley said today that Team Alabama’s work at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow has laid the groundwork for additional growth in a sector he has identified as key to future economic growth in the state.

Governor Bentley, who departs England on Wednesday, said the small state working group engaged in nearly two dozen meetings with aerospace and aviation companies while at the industry’s most prominent trade event. He leaves in the wake of three rapid-fire project announcements.

“The success we have had today — more than 700 new jobs announced by three companies in a single day — shows that Alabama is being taken seriously in the aerospace industry,” he said this afternoon.

The announcements included an announcement by GE Aviation at its air show chalet. The company said it would invest $50 million in its Auburn facility to begin high-volume production of a jet engine nozzle using additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing. The project is a milestone for the industry and will push employment at the Auburn facility to 300 from 70 today in four years.

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