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GE Aviation plans Alabama materials factories in $200 million project

GE Aviation will create adjacent factories in Huntsville to mass-produce silicon carbide materials for ultra-lightweight components that are poised to revolutionize how jet engines are manufactured.

Ohio-based GE Aviation announced the $200 million project for the factories at a press briefing today at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. The two manufacturing centers are expected to employ up to 300 people when fully operational.

One of the Alabama plants will be the first large-scale facility in the United States to produce silicon carbide (SiC) ceramic fiber. The adjacent GE factory will use the SiC ceramic fiber to produce a unidirectional tape necessary to fabricate advanced ceramic matrix composite components, or CMCs, for jet engines and land-based gas turbines.

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