WAUKESHA, Wis. — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and local officials gathered in Waukesha, Wis., Wednesday for the unveiling of a $3.1 million innovative engineering center at GE’s gas engines facility.
Renovation of the 22,000 square-foot engineering center is GE''s largest investment in the Waukesha facility since its acquisition of the Waukesha gas engines business in February 2011.
After helping cut the ribbon on the modernized engineering center, Gov. Walker met with employees and toured the Waukesha gas engines manufacturing operation. The tour included a 4,800 horsepower engine destined for an oversea oilfield and a Waukesha engine that provided standby electrical power to the World Trade Center in the midst of the tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001.
"Developing best-in-class products requires a very creative approach to technology," said Brian White, president of GE''s Waukesha gas engines. "We need to attract and retain the best and brightest talent to have a competitive advantage, and we believe that our work environment should encourage the creativity and collaboration that is part of the product development process."
Engines produced by GE''s Waukesha facility are used in all stages of natural gas production. The Waukesha gas engines business, which has been in Waukesha for more than 100 years, was acquired by GE to complement the company''s high-efficiency Jenbacher gas engines that are used for power generation.