GE expands operations in Iowa

General Electric's Industrial Solutions is expanding its West Burlington, Iowa, manufacturing facility. The business is investing $1.3 million to add two product lines: paralleling switchgear equipment and EntilliGuard low-voltage air circuit breakers, according to a company statement. The company will purchase new equipment and streamline the manufacturing process to increase efficiency.

In addition to new product manufacturing, a central purpose of the expansion is to improve customer satisfaction by reducing lead times, according to the statement. The project will allow GE to create better products in less time.

"This investment enables us to take customer responsiveness one step further by optimizing production with advanced manufacturing capabilities," said Stuart Thompson, the power equipment general manager for GE.

The company is also investing in its global information technology infrastructure to increase communication and coordination between manufacturing, supply chain managers and customers.

GE anticipates hiring 50 new workers as a part of the company's West Burlington expansion.

"Iowa has a strong manufacturing base, and investments like this will help grow our economy and put Iowans back to work," said U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack​. "GE's decision to invest in the West Burlington plant demonstrates how strong Iowa's workforce is and the strength and competitiveness of Iowa manufacturing."

Businesses with growing operations should work with manufacturing recruiters to find the most qualified candidates for their open positions.