By Mark Carpenter
Last Thursday afternoon, Adams County was honored with a visit from the Governor of the State of Ohio, Mr. John Kasich. Kasich spent most of his time in the Peebles, attending a private event in town and then making the highlight of his visit a tour of the GE Peebles Test Operation plant.
Brian DeBruin, PTO Plant Leader and Holly Johnson from the Adams County Economic Development Office and the entire staff of the plant greeted Governor Kasich and hosted him as he toured the facility.
While on the tour, Kasich viewed the numerous engines on hand for testing and was informed that in the past three years, General Electric has earmarked over $70 million in investment in these training grounds, with the majority of the engine growth taking place in the wide body engine lines.
These particular engine models have doubled in volume over the last two years and include the GE90 which is flying on the 777, the GEnx 1B, flying on the 787 Dreamliner, and the GEnx 2B, flying on the 747-8. To support this rapid growth in volume, the Governor was informed that the plant has added over 100 employees in the last three years, good news for the state’s Chief Executive.
The plant has another large investment project in the works, that being a new indoor test cell for validating production of wide body airplane engines prior to their delivery to Boeing. Site 5D will be online and shipping engines out by the end of 2014.
“The Peebles Test Operation employees were honored to have Governor Kasich visit and know that he left the proving grounds with the knowledge that the employees here take a great amount of pride in their work,” said DeBruin.