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GE Aviation breaks ground on Asheville plant

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to be on hand when an aviation company breaks ground on a new $124 million parts plant.

The ceremony for GE Aviation's new facility is scheduled for Thursday.

The plan is being built next to an existing GE machining plant in Asheville. The company says the new plant will produce engine components made of advanced ceramic matrix composite materials.

GE Aviation could begin hiring at the new plant as early as next year.

The new plant is part of a larger commitment by GE Aviation to invest $195 million across its North Carolina operations through 2017.

GE Aviation has more than 1,300 employees in North Carolina at sites in Asheville, Durham, West Jefferson and Wilmington.

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