US-based GE Power has opened its first advanced manufacturing facility in Greenville, South Carolina, to ensure it continues using the latest processes and technologies.
The 125,000ft2 facility will use modern techniques and production processes to quickly create the latest products for its customers across the globe.
Having already spent $73m on the new facility so far, GE intends to invest another $327m across the campus over the next several years.
GE Power president and CEO Steve Bolze said: "GE is leading the transformation of manufacturing in the power industry, and this facility will ignite the digital industrial revolution for our company and the industry.
"The opening of the AMW is a pivotal moment for us. We’re building a skilled workforce and culture that’s devoted to delivering breakthrough innovations that deliver better, faster outcomes for our customers and unlock new productivity and growth."
GE Power was built on a site originally covering 340,000ft2. Having been operational for 40 years, the new facility shows an important expansion and milestone, creating both opportunity for the company and employment opportunities for the community.
According to a recent research, 24 million people are currently employed in advanced manufacturing industries in the US. With its opening, the new AMW facility has generated at least 80 engineering and manufacturing job opportunities. It currently employs more than 3,200 people in Greenville and has invested more than $500m over the last five years.