GE is expanding its manufacturing capabilities at its operations in Mebane, a move that is expected to create about 60 new jobs by the end of next year.
GE Industrial Solutions, which currently has more than 500 employees in Mebane, also announced Monday that it is investing $5 million in its 400,000-square-foot facility to expand its testing and prototyping capabilities and enhance its showroom for its corporate customers, among other things. The company isn’t disclosing its dollar investment in the new Mebane production line.
Stuart Thompson, general manager of the Power Equipment business that is part of Industrial Solutions, said the company evaluated a number of potential sites for the manufacturing expansion and Mebane came out on top. The criteria including the “effectiveness and overall performance” of the facility as well as proximity to customers.
The quality of the region’s talent pool was crucial to Mebane’s top ranking, he added.
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The expansion will include a new production line to create transfer switches that are used to switch a facility such as a hospital from the electrical power grid to a backup generator in the event of a power outage.
The majority of the new hires are expected to be on board by mid-2015, Thompson said. Most of the new jobs are in assembly and advanced manufacturing.
The Mebane plant has eight major production lines. Among the products it produces are lighting panels, power panels, electrical vehicle charging stations and motor control devices.
GE said that Monday’s announcement builds on its decision to establish the global headquarters of its Power Equipment and Power Components businesses in Cary last fall.
That headquarters operation, which had 65 workers when it opened in October, has more than 80 employees today.
“We’re looking to keep expanding here,” Thompson said.
GE has more than 4,850 employees across North Carolina, including a GE Aviation assembly plant in Durham. Last year GE Aviation announced a $195 million investment in four North Carolina sites, including Durham, that is expected to create 240 new jobs by 2017.