GE Aviation recently broke ground at the site of its new jet engine components factory in Auburn, AL. The 300,000-ft² advanced manufacturing plant will produce precision, super-alloy machined parts for GE jet engines, which will power future commercial and military aircraft, and support the vast fleet of GE jet engines already in service. The facility is on schedule to open in late 2012. Limited hiring will begin next year. Additional hiring is slated for 2013 as production begins to ramp up. GE Aviation's goal is to employ 300 to 400 people when the plant is at full ramp-up later this decade. The facility is expected to develop collaborative relationships with Auburn University and Tuskegee University. GE Aviation has begun recruiting at both Alabama campuses.