General Electric expands facility in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, adding jobs

General Electric expands facility in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, adding jobs

The manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania has been experiencing slow but fairly steady growth in recent weeks and months. Supplying further evidence of this trend, General Electric (GE) recently announced plans to renovate and expand its facility in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, which is dedicated to inspection technologies.

According to the Centre Daily Times, the expansion project encompasses an addition of 52,000 square feet, effectively increasing the facility's floor space by 63 percent from its current size of 82,000 square feet. This initiative is stated to cost $10 million, and is expected to be finished at some point in 2012.

The news source reports that U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson and state Senator Jake Corman were in attendance at the site's groundbreaking ceremony on October 10, alongside various GE executives and the facility's staff. With this initiative, a total of 60 new jobs will be added during the next three years, a significant increase to the site's current workforce, which stands at more than 230 individuals.

A non-destructive testing academy for GE employees and clients and a new global customer applications center are among the features being added in this expansion project.

In August, a report from the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Register stated that manufacturing jobs in the state had remained steady over the previous 12 months.