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GE AVIATION FORMS VENTURE WITH SEACAST FOR ENGINE COMPONENTS

(The following is a reformatted version of a joint press release
issued by GE Aviation and SeaCast, Inc. and received via
electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
GE Aviation Forms Joint Venture with SeaCast Operation for Jet
Engine Components 
BUTTE, Montana - December 3, 2013 - GE Aviation and SeaCast,
Inc. have established a 50/50 joint venture, Montana Precision
Products, to produce jet engine components at SeaCast’s facility
in Butte, Montana. 
SeaCast, which has its headquarters in Marysville, Washington,
produces castings and specialty components. The joint venture in
Butte will produce tubes, ducts and small structural castings
for GE jet engines. 
The joint venture will enhance GE Aviation’s global supply chain
as its engine production rates continue to rise.  SeaCast’s
Butte operation has supplied GE Aviation for several years,
producing tubes and ducts for such engines as the popular GE90
and GEnx high-thrust models for large commercial jetliners. 
Both GE Aviation and SeaCast will invest in the Butte facility
in order to handle higher volume.  The Butte operation currently
has about 70 employees, and is expected to grow over the next
four years. 
“We are excited by the manufacturing expertise at the Butte
operation, including critical skills in welding and
fabrication,” said Colleen Athans, vice president and general
manager of the Supply Chain Division at GE Aviation.  “We are
very fortunate to have a strong order book, and this joint
venture will provide much needed additional capacity to meet our
commitments.” 
Bert Robins, SeaCast vice president and co-owner said, “We are
thrilled to have our Butte facility team up with GE Aviation.
Our combined core competencies create a truly unique partnership
that ensures the shop’s growth and provides Montana with strong,
sustainable job opportunities.”
The relationship between GE and SeaCast dates back many years.
In 2010, the opportunity for a formal partnership was advanced
at Senator Max Baucus’ Montana Economic Development Summit in
Butte where GE Chairman and CEO, Jeff Immelt was invited to
serve as a keynote speaker. 
“Great news like this is what our Montana Economic Development
Summits are all about: bringing the right people together to
create good-paying jobs,” said Baucus. “This is great news for
Butte and sends the signal far and wide that Montana is an
innovative and great place to build the kinds of partnerships
that will move our economy forward. My hat goes off to the folks
at SeaCast and GE for coming together for Montana jobs.”
Senator John Tester echoed Baucus’ enthusiasm for the GE/SeaCast
partnership. GE’s decision to expand operations at SeaCast is
welcome news for Butte and southwest Montana, said Tester.
“Montana has hard-working people, great schools, healthy
communities, and a rich outdoor heritage that makes our state an
ideal place to grow business and create jobs, and I thank GE for
helping to lead the way,” he said.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and
integrated systems for commercial, military, business and
general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service
network to support these offerings. For more information, visit
us at www.ge.com/aviation. Learn more about GE Business &
General Aviation at http://facebook.com/GEBGA. Follow GE
Aviation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GEAviation and YouTube
at http://www.youtube.com/user/GEAviation. 
SeaCast, Inc., a privately owned and managed corporation founded
in Seattle in 1985, operates full service investment casting
foundries. The company supplies investment cast products to many
industries including: aerospace, defense, oil & gas, pumps,
transportation and computer hardware. SeaCast offers extensive
post-cast support services such as CNC machining, heat
treatment, X-ray inspection and assembly. For more information,
please visit www.seacast.com 
For further information, contact:
Rick Kennedy
+1 513.243.3372
rick.l.kennedy@ge.com
Mobile: +1 513.607.0609 
Deb Case
+1 513.243.0094 deborah.case@ge.com
Mobile:  +1 513.418.1 
(bjh) NY 
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