Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Michigan's wind energy biz gets big lift: $100 million GE investment

General Electric Corp. CEO Jeffrey Immelt and Gov. Jennifer Granholm today unveiled the details on a $100 million advanced manufacturing, technology and software center in Van Buren Township.

The GE facility will initially employ about 1,200 employees. It will help scientists and engineers develop next generation manufacturing technologies for GE’s renewable energy, aircraft engine, gas turbine and other technology products, Immelt said at a press conference.

Work at the facility will include developing new composites, machining, inspection, casting and coating technologies.

The work will be done in a 100,000-square-foot facility to be constructed on vacant land at the Visteon Village campus in Van Buren Township.

GE software and IT employees will be housed in some of the current Visteon Village buildings and new construction will mostly house an advanced manufacturing technology lab, Immelt said.

“We’ll be putting both machinery capability and technologies to really develop the next generation of manufacturing technology that helps us be productive and have higher quality,” Immelt said.

Granholm said at the press conference that the new facility helps Michigan diversify its high-tech industry and will provide a much needed boost to the state’s economy. She said GE’s decision to locate the facility in Michigan shows how much the state has to offer high-tech firms.

“We’ve got more engineering talent that’s hungry and ready to go than anywhere in the world, and you can’t have found a better place to be able to make it a success, and quickly,” Granholm said. GE plans to begin filling positions for the new facility by the end of 2009, Immelt said.

The jobs will pay about $100,000 per year, Granholm said. More here.

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