GE engines will be used in Florida and South Carolina as part, the world’s largest manufacturing park expands to include the largest-capacity marine warehouse in the U.S.
The new facilities, which are to be the largest in the world, will be part of the industrial park at Lake City, South Florida, that will open later this year.
GE, the country’s largest maker of power equipment, has been building the facilities since 2012.
The plant will add more than 1,000 jobs at a time when demand for GE’s industrial products has been declining and it’s facing more scrutiny from regulators and consumers over safety.GE, which was founded in 1902, has about 1,500 employees worldwide, including 3,000 in Florida.
It is the second-largest employer in the state.
GE is currently operating more than 2,400 plants in the United States and Canada.
The Lake City facility will add 2,200 jobs to the current facility, and GE is hoping to add as many as 4,000 to the company’s plant in South Carolina by the end of 2019, according to the Florida Department of Business and Economic Development.
The expansion of the plant is expected to create at least 1,800 new jobs, according the state, which is also building a new facility that will create 2,500 new jobs.
The state’s Economic Development Authority said the $2.8 billion Lake City expansion will create 1,200 construction jobs and 1,400 new construction jobs.