Potential for Up to 50 New Jobs at Research and Technology Development
WINNIPEG, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - GE Canada and StandardAero have signed an
agreement to build a new $50 million aircraft engine research and
technology development centre in Winnipeg. The centre is expected to
initially employ 10 with the potential to grow to 50 employees within
five years. The design and construction of the facility at the airport
could employ up to 200 workers.
The new centre will be built on land leased from the Winnipeg Airport
Authority and operated by StandardAero. The facility will open later
The aircraft engine research and technology development centre will
develop advanced testing methodologies and equipment for GE Aviation's
commercial and military aircraft engines. The centre will include test
cell capabilities for engines up to 150 inches in diameter and up to
150,000 lbs of thrust as well as capabilities to accommodate high
performance military engines. It will be equipped with a large wind
generator for crosswind, ingestion and icing certification testing.
"GE Aviation and StandardAero have worked closely together for many
years on maintenance and sustainment agreements for GE's CF34 engines
and CFM* International's CFM56 engines," said Colleen Athans, vice
president and general manager of GE Aviation's assembly, test and
overhaul operations. "This new facility will allow GE Aviation to have
access to the latest research and development in engine testing as well
as greatly expand our engine testing capabilities."
"GE's decision to choose StandardAero to support and operate this
world-class test facility underscores their confidence in
StandardAero's test cell sustainment capabilities," said Jim Henry,
StandardAero Vice President, Technology Development. "Skills gained
through the testing of GE's latest developmental engines will improve
the precision of our engine maintenance, repair and overhaul testing
activities, resulting in more consistent and higher performing
"GE continues to invest and grow our presence in Canada," notes Elyse
Allan, President and CEO of GE Canada. "The new test facility will
expand our capabilities and industrial footprint in the country."
StandardAero, a Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) company with nearly
$1.4 billion in annual revenue, specializes in engine maintenance,
repair and overhaul, and nose-to-tail services that include airframe,
interior refurbishments and paint for business and general aviation,
air transport, and military aircraft. The company, part of the DAE
Engineering division, forms a global services network of 12 primary
facilities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Singapore and Australia, with
an additional 14 regionally located service and support locations.
GE (NYSE: GE) is an advanced technology, services and finance company
taking on the world's toughest challenges. Dedicated to innovation in
energy, health, transportation and infrastructure, GE operates in more
than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For more
information, visit the company's Web site at www.ge.com.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading
provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated
systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation
aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these
offerings. For more information, visit us at www.ge.com/aviation. Follow GE Aviation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GEAviation and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/GEAviation.
*CFM International is a 50/50 joint venture between GE and Snecma of
SOURCE General Electric Canada Inc.
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