HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Governor Robert Bentley announced the creation of 50 new jobs as part of a plant expansion.
GE Intelligent Platforms today announced the expansion of its facility in Huntsville is opening of a new building. Fifty new jobs will be created in Huntsville with this expansion.
In attendance were Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Madison County Commissioner Dale Strong and Jody Markopoulos, President and CEO of GE Intelligent Platforms.
The new building creates a Center of Excellence that will be at the heart of GE Intelligent Platforms’ rapidly growing systems business, which sees GE delivering the value that is increasingly required by demanding prime contractors, systems integrators and OEMs in the defense industry as those organizations look to focus on their core competencies.
“In the current economic climate, our customers are looking hard at their business,” said Markopoulos. “They’re looking to eliminate risk, to minimize cost, to shorten time-to-market. Increasingly, they’re turning to GE to provide subsystems rather than board-level products – solutions rather than piece parts. That’s where our systems business comes in – and that’s why we’ve created this new Center of Excellence in Huntsville, to allow us to be even more responsive to our customers’ needs.”
GE’s existing facility in Huntsville comprises 72,000 square feet including engineering, manufacturing and administrative functions, and is home to 235 employees. The new Center of Excellence will eventually create around 50 new jobs on the site. At 20,000 square feet, the new facility adds substantial, much-needed space to accommodate growth in GE’s systems business.
The new facility also brings new capabilities to GE’s systems business. GE is perhaps the most experienced developer of rugged embedded computing solutions in the defense industry, which requires computing that can withstand the rigors of deployment in environments that are subject to extremes of shock, vibration and temperature as well as the ingress of water and contaminants.
Housed in the new building are advanced capabilities for extended testing and analysis of the effects of vibration as well as for examining and implementing innovative cooling technologies. This expertise is also vital to applications in oil & gas, power and metals industries.
Construction of the new facility – which includes a number of innovative technologies, such as GE’s LED lighting, that are designed to make the building more environmentally friendly – began in March 2013.