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GE Aviation's $55B In Orders To Impact Wilmington Plant

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jun 20, 2019
Some of the components that make up the GE9X engine (pictured) are made in Wilmington. (Photo courtesy of GE Aviation)
GE Aviation’s record-setting orders out of the Paris Air Show this week will eventually trickle down to the company’s operation in Wilmington.

GE Aviation and its joint venture company CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, announced Thursday $55 billion in jet engines, services, avionics and digital orders at the show, according to a news release.

Those orders will have an impact on the local operations because some engine parts are manufactured in Wilmington.

“We are in hiring mode and the success of the business translates into continued job growth,” said Jason Swinny, GE Aviation Wilmington site leader, in an email. “We are hiring more than 30 people in 2019. The parts we are making here are on most of new engine platforms for GE and CFM engines.”

The company said it was hiring there in May. Officials said Thursday that the company has already hired 40 people this year, and plan to hire the additional 30 by the end of the year.

The Paris Air Show began June 17. Among its highlights, GE’s GE9X engine made its debut at the show. Officials said it's the largest commercial engine and it received more than 7,000 orders with eight customers on its books.

CFM International also announced orders and commitments for more than 1,150 LEAP engines at the show this week, as well as some long-term services agreements: a total value of about $50.2 billion, GE Aviation officials said in an email.

While it could take years to schedule orders with customers and bring them to shipment, officials said demand has been increasing, and GE has been working to continue to raise the number of shipments each year.

GE Aviation's Wilmington site makes rotating parts for engines. The company has invested about $120 million in its Wilmington operations over the past six years, officials said.

GE has 4,550 employees in North Carolina, six manufacturing sites, 22 educational partners and 554 suppliers, officials said in an email, adding that GE Aviation has around 650 employees at its Wilmington facility.
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