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The global economy of the 21st century demands a fast-paced schedule where every second counts; GE Aviation understands that and has hammered down the throttle to help meet the needs of commercial and military customers worldwide. With more than 23,000 GE and CFM56 engines being actively used in the world market today, a GE- or CFM-powered aircraft takes off every 2 seconds somewhere around the world, feeding market demands and fueling the global economy. Thanks to the new GE Aviation facility in Batesville, our state of Mississippi has a hand in helping to make this possible.

GE has produced well-known and reliable products found in many American homes over the years since its founding in 1892. Not long after its founding, GE began to branch out; one of the first subsidiaries was in aviation. In 1917 GE was charged with building the first airplane engine booster to help kick-start the young American aviation industry. It all started on Pikes Peak with the test of the superturbocharged Liberty aircraft engine, which produced a mere 350 horsepower, equivalent to the engines found in today’s Chevrolet Corvette. That mountaintop test of the first superturbocharger landed GE’s first aviation-related government contract and paved the way for GE to become a world leader in jet engines; its most impressive to date the GE90-115B which has produced during testing a recording-breaking 120,315 pounds of thrust.

GE Aviation makes up approximately ten percent of global giant, General Electric, and is the top supplier of aircraft engines in the world. GE’s aviation business produces jet engines as well as marine and industrial gas turbine engines used by companies around the world. Its engines are some of the most reliable and fuel-efficient found on the market today. Beyond its commercial business, GE Aviation is also a major supplier to military forces including the U.S. Army, producing engines for fighter jets, military transport aircraft, and helicopters.

GE Aviation includes some 40 manufacturing, assembly and service sites within the U.S. alone, including one of its newest which opened in Batesville in October 2008. The Batesville facility for GE Aviation was introduced to help supply composite components and assemblies, which are a lighter-weight option to their metal counterparts. Composite parts are typically used within engines and are often more durable than traditional metal components. The composites allow the engine to shed weight, making the engine and aircraft lighter, which in turn, increases fuel efficiency and lowers overall operating costs. The Batesville plant currently produces composites for commercial aircraft engines including the GEnx, GEnx-1B and -2B used to power the Boeing 787 and Boeing 747-8, and the GE90 found in the Boeing 777.

GE Aviation employs over 38,000 workers worldwide and is constantly growing and fueling economic development within the United States. The Batesville facility currently employs 56 team members with an additional 50 to be added by the end of the year, and hopes of further expansion in the coming years. Employees show off their product.

GE Aviation in Batesville is also active in public service initiatives ranging from leadership forums, to support of the Boys & Girls Club of Batesville and Panola County, South Panola School District, Meals-On-Wheels and the March of Dimes. The facility is also extremely active in education, working with the local Panola County School District in addition to partnering with research programs at Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.