GE Aviation, a global leader in jet engine and aircraft systems production, announced on July 27, 2011 that it will open a new manufacturing facility in Ellisville, Mississippi, to meet accelerating global demand. GE will invest $56 million in the new facility. The company is targeting for production to begin in 2013 and will create 250 new high-tech manufacturing jobs by 2016.

The 300,000-square foot facility will manufacture advanced composite components for aircraft engines and systems for GE Aviation's growing business. The announcement follows the 2008 opening of GE Aviation's manufacturing facility in Batesville, Mississippi, which now employs 300 workers - and is growing. The two sites represent a $150 million investment by GE in aviation technology by the end of decade.