Executives from General Electric tell NBC Montana that they picked the town of Butte for a new business venture because the quality of the employees.
G.E. was in the Mining City to launch a new deal with parts maker Seacast Inc.
Seacast Inc. is a major supplier of jet engine components for G.E.
Now both companies have teamed up to increase production and create new jobs for locals.
“The pipeline of skilled people here in Butte was very attractive to us," said Colleen B. Athans, Vice President and General Manager of Aviation Supply Chain Division.
At the news conference Athans said one of the reasons Butte was so appealing was because of its steady pipeline of skilled workers, and being able to work with a company they were already familiar with.
"We could do more together as a joint-venture company then strictly using them as a supplier, so their welding know-how, their fabrication know-how, are all qualities we’re excited about," added Athans.
The deal between Seacast Inc. and G.E. Aviation will be known as Montana Precision Products.
G.E. will use the Butte plant to manufacture tubes, ducts and structural castings for G.E.’s jet engines. Some of the parts will end up in commercial jet engines as well.
"They’re a great success story for opening up manufacturing and industry in this area," said Kathy Henningsen, owner of Spherion Job Services.
Spherion Job Services helped supply workers for Seacast, Inc. in the past couple of years.
Henningsen says the company can be credited with bringing new jobs to the area too.
“It's already basically given employment to somewhere between 50 and 70 people, I mean jobs that weren't here four years ago," Henningsen concluded.