GROVE CITY, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Transportation’s Grove City plant marks 40 years of continuous operation in 2011 and will celebrate the milestone with a Family Day at the site on Saturday, August 6. More than 2,700 employees and family members are expected to participate in activities ranging from plant tours to a car show.
“This is a day to celebrate the people who have made this operation successful for four decades,” said Bill Carney, Plant Manager. “Many employees have worked here for quite a few years and have seen this plant grow from a relatively small service operation to a world-class manufacturer of diesel engines used all over the world.”
Employees at the facility build diesel engines for locomotives as well as marine and stationary power applications. The Grove City-built engines offer high horsepower and fuel efficiency while meeting stringent emission standards.
Originally a site for remanufacturing locomotive engines only, the plant has expanded its scope to build new and remanufactured products for GE Transportation and its customers worldwide. With a total production of approximately 2,000 engines a year, it is one of the largest locomotive diesel engine manufacturing sites in the world.
Activities planned for Family Day include:
- Plant tours
- Hands-on locomotive simulator
- Vehicle show and Shine Car Show
- Children’s crafts and activities
- Family photos taken beside an engine
- Model train displays
- Veterans’ display
- Displays and prize drawings to promote healthy lifestyles in conjunction with GE’s HealthAhead program
One of the area’s largest employers, GE Transportation’s Grove City plant employs 850 people, including 70 who were recalled from layoffs this year and an additional 40 employees hired since April.
An economic impact study conducted by Tripp Umbach, a Pittsburgh-based independent research firm, found that GE’s operations in Erie and Grove City are a driving force in Northwest Pennsylvania’s economy as well as statewide. The study, released in April 2011, finds that GE’s operations:
- Have a total economic impact of $3.6 billion on Northwest Pennsylvania and $4.6 billion statewide;
- Support 1 in approximately 350 jobs in Pennsylvania;
- Generate $1 of every $130 in the state’s economy
GE’s total economic impact is greater than that of all Pennsylvania-based professional sports teams ($1.37 billion) and the state’s mining, oil and gas extraction industries ($1.79 billion) combined.
For an electronic copy of the study visit www.getransportation.com/community.
About GE Transportation
Established more than 100 years ago, GE Transportation, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is a global technology leader and supplier to the railroad, marine, drilling, mining and wind power industries. GE Transportation provides freight and passenger locomotives, signaling and communications systems, information technology solutions, marine engines, motorized drive systems for mining trucks and drills, high-quality replacement parts and value added services. GE Transportation is headquartered in Erie, Penn., and employs approximately 11,000 employees worldwide. For more information visit www.getransportation.com.