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$50M for GE aircraft engine centre in Winnipeg

General Electric has opened a new $50 million aircraft engine testing, research and development centre in Winnipeg that could eventually create up to 50 jobs.


February 1, 2012
by CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG: Industrial giant General Electric has opened a new $50 million aircraft engine testing, research and development centre in Winnipeg that could eventually create up to 50 jobs.

The US company said the centre will be run by joint venture partner StandardAero and will perform icing certification testing and develop other tests and equipment for GE Aviation’s aircraft engines.

The new centre will employ 10 people initially and could expand to 50 jobs.

The new centre is at the James A. Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg and will be maintained and run by StandardAero, a Winnipeg company that has long worked with GE.

The Winnipeg-based aircraft repair and services company employs about 4,000 people around the world and is owned by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise .
It has many Canadian customers, including WestJet Airlines.

GE is one of the world’s biggest aircraft makers and has operations in finance, technology and many other industries. In Canada, the company has major manufacturing, sales and service businesses and employs about 7,000 employees.

© 2012 The Canadian Press