It was recently announced that GE Aviation will invest $200 million in a silicon carbide materials project in Huntsville, Ala. The Huntsville City Council reportedly approved a development agreement for a 100-acre site to build two adjacent factories. City of Huntsville Director of Urban Development Shane Davis said the contract allows GE to start work on Phase I, which will represent a $136 million investment. Construction is scheduled to begin in February.
The first plant will produce silicon carbide ceramic fiber, and will reportedly be the only domestic plant to do so. The second $57 million facility will use the ceramic fiber to make ceramic matrix composite tape for the assembly of aircraft components. The idea is for GE to reduce shortage of supply by filling its own need for parts.
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