GE has officially opened its state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Works (AMW) in Greenville, South Carolina, which the company believes will shorten time between research and development, reduce manufacturing costs and create high-tech manufacturing jobs.
GE said the new 125,000-square-foot facility at its Greenville manufacturing campus will deploy best-in-class technologies to accelerate improvements in every aspect of the manufacturing process including design, engineering, product development, production, supply chain, distribution and service.
The company has invested $73 million in the facility and will invest further $327 million across the GE Power Greenville campus over the next several years to drive innovation and accelerate development of cutting edge technologies that deliver more value for customers around the world.
“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,” said GE Power President and CEO Steve Bolze at the grand opening of the new facility.
“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.”
The AMW is GE Power’s first advanced manufacturing facility, and is expected to revolutionise the way GE Power designs, creates and improves products by serving as an incubator for the development of advanced manufacturing processes and rapid prototyping of new parts for GE’s energy businesses—Power, Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas and Energy Connections.
GE’s involvement in Greenville began more than 40 years ago with a 340,000-square-foot site. The addition of the AMW has seen the site grow close to 1.7 million square feet of factories, offices and laboratories focused on manufacturing advanced products for customers worldwide.
The company employees more than 3,200 workers in Greenville and has invested more than $500 million in the last five years to boost critical manufacturing activities housed on the campus.