GE Aviation has broken ground on its 5,109m2 expansion of its manufacturing site in New Hampshire, US.
The Hooksett site, which produces rotating parts for commercial jet engines, will receive close to $50m of investment over the next 10 years as it increases capacity to meet GE Aviation’s record backlog for commercial engines.
The OEM’s backlog, which includes orders for CFM International engines, now exceeds 15,000.
The forthcoming LEAP engine has a backlog of more than 8,500 engines and the GE9X has a backlog of around 700.
In January GE Aviation announced a further investment of $15m for its Layafette, Indiana engine assembly facility, which is due to open in January 2016.