EDC Target Clusters: Case Studies

GE Aviation announced its transformational expansion to produce revolutionary aircraft engine materials known as Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) in Asheville.
Kelly Walsh, a spokesperson for GE Aviation explained, "North Carolina’s proven record was really the tipping point.  We have a hard time finding the skilled labor we need to fill jobs.  So when we have a track record of success like we have had in North Carolina, we will do everything we can to stay there."
This expansion retained 300 existing positions in Asheville, while adding 52 new jobs and $126 million of capital investment.
Canadian-based Linamar has now commited an additional $75 million and 250 jobs to its original 2011 commitment.
During the June 2012 announcement Nick Adams, President of the company's Industrial, Commercial, and Energy Group stated, "We have had a great experience in our first year in Asheville. The tremendous support provided by the City of Asheville, Buncombe County and the state of North Carolina has been instrumental in our decision to expand our business here. As we said last June, we wanted to become part of the community and continue to grow here. We’re thrilled to be making this happen."