N.C.’s Skilled Workforce Integral to Manufacture of World’s Most Powerful Jet Engine.

Four of 16 U.S. cities contributing to GE90-115B engine located in North Carolina.


[North Carolina Department of Commerce Editorial Staff]


Durham, N.C. Manufacturing Facility, Courtesy GE Aviation

Last week, GE Aviation celebrated the shipment of its 1000th GE90-115B jet engine, the most powerful engine ever built. The engine earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2003. A sleek fan blade built for the GE90-115B is on display in New York’s Museum of Modern Art.  As part of the celebrations of this important milestone, the company has been highlighting the role North Carolina and its talented aerospace workforce plays in its manufacturing prowess.

Durham, N.C. Manufacturing Facility, Courtesy GE Aviation

Most of the parts for the GE90-115B engine are manufactured in 16 cities across the U.S. Even more impressive is the fact that one-fourth of those cities are in North Carolina. High-pressure turbine disks and shafts, compressor disks and fan disks are manufactured in West Jefferson. Seals, splitter, retainers and spinner support come from Asheville. The Durham facility heads up engine assembly and overhaul. And Wilmington’s GE Aviation facility takes care of stage-1 high-pressure turbine disks, spool, fan disk and mid seal.

GE Aviation recently published an infographic detailing all 16 U.S. cities that manufacture parts for the GE90-115B, including those in North Carolina. You can see that infographic here. The company has also produced a national television commercial featuring GE Aviation’s Durham facilities and the workers at that plant.

GE Aviation’s engine milestone is just one example of the industry achievements being made every day by the more than 180 aviation and aerospace firms that Thrive in North Carolina.

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