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GE Aviation Forms Joint Venture With SeaCast GE Aviation, Cincinnati,


and SeaCast Inc., Marysville, Wash., have established a 50/50 joint venture, Montana Preci- sion Products, to produce jet engine components at SeaCast’s facility in Butte, Mont. SeaCast produces castings and


specialty components. Te joint venture in Butte will produce tubes, ducts and small structural castings for GE jet engines. Te joint venture will enhance GE


SeaCast is a leading producer of precision investment castings.


Aviation’s global supply chain as its engine production rates reportedly continue to rise. SeaCast’s Butte operation has sup- plied GE Aviation for several years, pro- ducing tubes and ducts for such engines as the GE90 and GEnx high-thrust models for large commercial jetliners. Both GE Aviation and SeaCast will invest in the Butte facility to handle


higher volume. Te Butte operation currently has approximately 70 employ- ees and is expected to grow over the next four years. “We are excited by the manufacturing


expertise at the Butte operation, includ- ing critical skills in welding and fabrica- tion,” said Colleen Athans, vice presi- dent and general manager of the Supply Chain Division, GE Aviation. “We are


very fortunate to have a strong order book, and this joint ven- ture will provide much needed additional capacity to meet our commitments.” Bert Robins, SeaCast vice


president and co-owner said, “We are thrilled to have our Butte facility team up with GE Aviation. Our combined core competencies create a truly unique partnership that ensures


the shop’s growth and provides Montana with strong, sustainable job opportunities.” Te relationship between GE and


SeaCast dates back many years. In 2010, the opportunity for a formal partnership was advanced at Senator Max Baucus’ Montana Economic Development Sum- mit in Butte where GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt was invited to serve as a keynote speaker.


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