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Advanced Manufacturing

As you explore the possiblities below, please do not hesitate to call or send us an email with any questions. We look forward to helping your business succeed in the Asheville region.

GE Aviation invests in the Economic Development of Asheville

Manufacturing talent in Asheville has a strong tradition of craftsman skill and pride in workmanship: traits which trace back to an artisan history of metalworkers, carpenters and other crafts people employed during the Vanderbilt era.  The emphasis on quality and exactitude evolved over the years to encompass sought-after advanced manufacturing skills, including precision metalworking and outdoor product manufacturing. With a significant manufacturing presence and over 500 establishments engaged in the manufacturing sector, Asheville continues to foster these disciplines while strengthening opportunity and community. As the fifth largest industry in the Asheville MSA, manufacturing makes up approximately 11 percent of employment.
GE Aviation, a global leader in jet engine and aircraft system production, decided in 2013 to build a 170,000-square-foot facility in South Asheville where the workforce at the plant
"We are excited about the opportunity for Asheville to become the manufacturing center for this groundbreaking technology. It's a tremendous vote of confidence in our local workforce."
  • -- Michael Meguiar
  • Asheville Plant Leader for GE Aviation
is expected to grow to more than 340 people by 2018.   Buncombe County and the City of Asheville worked closely with GE Aviation to retain and expand local production capabilities to accommodate production of the revolutionary aircraft engine material known as Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC).

Economic growth of Asheville continues with GE Aviation's expansion

With recent announcements from GE Aviation and Linamar Corporation, the Asheville area is winning projects that demonstrate global competitiveness and manufacturing expertise.   The region specializes in these technologies.
In June 2012, Canadian-based Linamar committed an additional $75 million capital investment and 250 new jobs to its original 2011 commitment of 400 new jobs and $125 million.

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Gauging the impact of the EDC Advanced Manufacturing Target Cluster in Asheville


Why businesses are choosing to relocate to Asheville...

  • THE OPPORTUNITY Asheville is a beautiful place to live and work. In 2011, Good Morning America included Asheville as one of the "Most Beautiful Places in America."
  • EASY ACCESS Within a day's drive and easy transportation access to most major cities on the eastern half of the United States, the location is a business hub in western North Carolina.
  • INCENTIVES Incentives are being made available on a regular basis for companies relocating to Asheville that meet certain criteria
We invite you to learn more about Asheville’s Advanced Manufacturing industries including leaders like GE Aviation, and how your company will benefit from choosing the Asheville region.
Ben Teague
Executive Director
Clark Duncan
Director of Business Development
Tim Lampkin
Director of Retention & Expansion Services
Heidi Reiber
Director of Research
Josh Dorfman
Director of Entrepreneurship
Matt Popowski
Communications & Marketing Manager
Desiree Monstrola
Economic Development Coordinator

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  • -Kim
  • HR Manager at Emdeon
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  • -Steve Woody
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