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Friday, June 2, 2006




(Jackson, Mississippi) - Governor Haley Barbour today announced that General Electric Company (GE) has teamed with the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to pursue the establishment of a jet engine component facility in Mississippi.


“This announcement is about more than jobs,” Governor Barbour said. “This project brings an advanced, high technology capability to the state of Mississippi. Fabricating these state-of-the-art materials requires specialized manufacturing capabilities-and our state is the beneficiary of the intellectual capital it will provide.”


GE - Aviation, a GE operating unit based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a leading manufacturer of jet engines for civil and military aircraft. Over the next year and a half, GE will create an incubator program with the Mississippi State University’s College of Engineering, where GE will work with MDA and MSU to demonstrate the necessary capabilities for producing composite components for commercial and military jet engines.


“For 30 years, GE has advanced the use of composites in jet engines,” GE Vice Chairman David Calhoun said. “We are very pleased to work with the state and development leaders to bring this advanced technology facility to Mississippi.”


Upon successful completion of the training phase, GE will establish a production facility in Mississippi to manufacture the composites. GE and MDA are evaluating potential sites in Mississippi for this facility, which is anticipated to open sometime in 2007-2008 and expected to employ approximately 200 people at full rate operation.


“This new facility will also broaden and deepen GE’s roots in Mississippi,” Governor Barbour said. “GE showed its commitment to this state in the aftermath of Katrina when the GE Plastics facility in Bay St. Louis was nearly destroyed. All 129 employees there are back at work, and the plant is up and running. The GE family continues to support many of our colleagues who are still rebuilding their lives, and we are inspired by their resilience.”