EDC Target Clusters: GE Aviation

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).