VIDEO: GE Aviation takes off in Newark
General Electric Aviation is expanding in Newark.
WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.
A plane takes off every two seconds with parts made at GE Aviation.
Now, they're gearing up for the the next generation of aircrafts with ceramic matrix components or CMCs that will be manufactured in Newark.
Plant leader Jeff Wessels explains the benefits of this new, advanced technology.
"CMCs mean high temperature capability to the engines, it means lighter weight to the engines, and it also means better fuel consumption and value to our customer," says Wessels.
With the $27 million, GE will create "Lean Labs" that allow for more collaboration between engineering and manufacturing.
"The growth potential for this technology is just phenomenal and so we're very, very excited to be part of the beginnings of this," says Wessels.
Governor Markell says it's a great feeling knowing this kind of innovation is happening in our backyard.
"I feel very confident knowing that GE components are going into and are really at the core of any plane that I'm flying in, and knowing that the technology is coming out of Newark, Delaware, makes it all the better," says Markell.
As part of the expansion, GE plans to add 70 jobs in five years.
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