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GE Aviation to boost 3-D printing in Auburn with milestone expansion

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey announced today that GE Aviation plans to invest $50 million to expand the additive manufacturing operation at its Auburn facility, the aerospace industry’s first site to mass produce a jet engine component using 3-D printing technologies.

As part of the project, GE Aviation will create 60 jobs and install advanced new additive production machines in Auburn, allowing the factory to launch high volume production of a second engine part using the additive process.

“GE Aviation is at the leading edge of advanced aerospace additive manufacturing, and the company’s expansion plans at the Auburn facility will strengthen its technology leadership position,” Governor Ivey said. “We look forward to seeing where the great partnership between Alabama and GE Aviation will take us both in an exciting future.”

GE has already invested well over $100 million in the landmark Auburn site, which in 2015 began producing a fuel nozzle tip using additive technologies. Last October, the Auburn manufacturing team celebrated production of the 30,000th 3-D printed fuel nozzle tip for the LEAP jet engine.

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