Analysts say the global aircraft fleet will double in the next two decades to 40,000 planes. Next-generation aircraft need the most advanced engines on the market. That projected growth has spurred GE Aviation to open two new advanced manufacturing plants this week—a composite factory in Ellisville, Miss., and a “super-alloy” plant in Auburn, Ala.
The facilities, which are expected to employ some 550 workers by 2017, will make parts for the LEAP, the GEnx and other advanced engines. Read the full story here.
Top Image: Steam rises from the heated pad below a GEnx engine following a nighttime ice test at GE Aviation in Winnipeg, Canada. Temperatures were around -20 degrees Fahrenheit.