GE to bring 250 jobs to Jones County

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Governor Haley Barbour and GE Aviation CEO David Joyce today announced the company will locate a second manufacturing plant in Ellisville where it will produce advanced composite components for aircraft engines and systems.

The company is developing plans for the construction of a manufacturing facility of about 300,000 square feet in Howard Technology Park.

Barbour was joined by company, state and community leaders at the announcement. The project represents a GE investment of $56 million and will employ 250 workers once the facility has ramped up to full production later this decade. Production is scheduled to begin in 2013.

To help facilitate the project, the Mississippi Development Authority worked with company and local officials to provide assistance for training and equipment through the Mississippi Industrial Incentive Financing Revolving Fund. The agency also provided funding for infrastructure needs related to the project. Additionally, the City of Ellisville, Jones County and the Economic Development Authority of Jones County are providing the land, site preparation and infrastructure assistance for this project, as well as in-kind contributions.

GE Aviation will be able to take advantage of Mississippi's Aerospace Initiative Incentives program, which provides tax incentives to companies that manufacture or assemble components for the aerospace industry or provide research, development or training services for the sector and are looking to locate or expand in the state.