GE Aviation recently opened its new jet engine component factory near Batesville in northwest Mississippi. Formally called GE Batesville Composites Operation, the 300,000-ft² facility will produce advanced composite engine components. GE Aviation employs more than 30 people at the new facility. Based on current demand for its jet engines, GE anticipates the Batesville workforce will exceed 100 people within the next several years. The plant delivers its first components in 2009. The facility will produce two composite parts for GE's GEnx jet engine: fan platforms (installed between the engine's front fan blades) and the fan case assembly (a large circular structure that encases the front fan). The fan platforms and fan case are made of carbon fiber and epoxy resin composite material.