On April 29th, GE Aviation celebrated the grand opening of its new jet engine components factory in Auburn that will create hundreds of jobs. The 300,000-ft² advanced manufacturing plant will produce precision, super-alloy machined parts for GE jet engines that will power future commercial and military aircraft, and also support the vast fleet of GE jet engines already in service. Upon completion, the facility will represent a GE investment of $75m in the state of Alabama. By the end of 2013, GE expects to hire 50 employees. Based on current demand for its jet engines, GE expects to hire 300 to 400 people when the plant is at full ramp-up later this decade. The Auburn facility will manufacture high-pressure turbine (HPT) airfoils. The plant will deliver its first parts later this year. As the facility continues to ramp up production, it is expected that the Auburn facility will contribute to every commercial jet engine family produced by GE Aviation.