GE said it is investing more than $10 million to expand its Inspection Technologies headquarters site in Lewistown, PA. Key features of the expansion project include a new global customer applications center as well as a nondestructive testing (NDT) academy for GE employees and customers.
The current 82,000 square-foot facility employs more than 230 people in the production of NDT inspection tools. GE said its Inspection Technologies business is continuing to grow as more industrial operators embrace the use of NDT solutions to monitor the condition of their equipment and more accurately predict when certain components might need repair or replacement.
The 52,000-square-foot expansion project will increase floor space by more than 63% and is scheduled to be completed in 2012. The expansion will enable GE to develop and manufacture more remote visual inspection, ultrasonic, electromagnetic, advanced radiography and computed tomography systems as well as data management software.
The planned NDT Academy will be used to train both GE employees and customers on GE’s latest NDT tools, helping address a global shortage of well-trained NDT personnel. The training academy also will offer partnership opportunities for local colleges and universities.