GE Power & Water is moving its gas engine manufacturing operations from Waukesha, Wisconsin to a new facility in Canada.
The new $265 million state-of-the-art “Brilliant Factory” will optimize efficiency and streamline production using data, analytics and software.
Construction should be complete in 20 months.
GE notified its 350 Waukesha employees, who build gas engines for compression, mechanical drive and power generation applications, and more than 500 U.S. suppliers Monday of the company’s plans.
In Wisconsin alone, suppliers generate almost $47 million in revenue from the plant.
The new plant will have a back-up capacity to manufacture diesel engine components for GE Transportation and support manufacturing requirements for other GE businesses.
GE’s new facility will access support from Canada’s export credit agency, Export Development Canada (EDC). More than 60 countries have export credit agencies supporting domestic manufacturing for export, but the U.S. does not.
GE is currently bidding on $11 billion of projects that require export financing.