FAIRFIELD, CT General Electric announced it will build a new manufacturing facility to develop new manufacturing technologies across the company.

The new facility represents a $32 million investment over three years by the company and will result in the creation of 50 high-tech engineering jobs initially, in disciplines ranging from mechanical and electrical to systems and software engineering. These technologists will join GE’s 50,000 scientists, engineers and skilled labor workers.

Advanced manufacturing includes new digital fabrication technology, lean manufacturing methods and rapid-prototyping, advanced materials sciences, supply chain efficiency and open innovation. The facility will focus on improving capabilities and usage of additive manufacturing across GE while advancing materials sciences and inspection technologies.

“Advanced manufacturing is driving a profound change in industry and at GE," said Dan Heintzelman, GE vice chairman. "It is how we will compete and win in the future. We can more efficiently invent and build products for our customers, while driving better margins for our investors. This new facility is crucial for bringing advanced manufacturing technology to all our businesses.”

Pennsylvania is already home to more than 8,500 GE employees with significant presence from GE’s transportation, power and water, oil and gas and energy management business. The site will be located outside of Pittsburgh in Findlay Township, PA to capitalize on the academic institutions and skilled workforce in the area. Construction is expected to begin in March 2015 to be completed by September 2015.

“By integrating education, workforce training and technology, we are cultivating a renaissance in Pennsylvania manufacturing," Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said. "I am proud of the economic environment we have created to encourage global companies like GE to invest in our future and in our skilled and talented workers. The 50 high-tech jobs GE is creating with this project is terrific news for hard working families in southwest Pennsylvania.”

This facility represents another major GE investment in U.S. manufacturing technology. In the past two years, GE has established new advanced manufacturing locations for GE Power & Water in Greenville, SC; GE Aviation in Asheville, North Carolina; and GE Oil & Gas in Jacksonville, FL; while expanding work in GE Aviation in Auburn, AL and improving manufacturing at GE Aviation in Rutland, Vermont.

For more information, visit GE.com.