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GE Ribbon Cutting in Slater celebrates expansion, new jobs

Friday, November 30, 2012

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From left, General Manager of GE Power and Water's Air Filtration business Keith White; Dr. Stephen Allegri, mayor; and Gene Griffith, assistant administrator of the City of Slater smile as they ceremoniously cut the ribbon at the New Gas Turbine Inlet Filtration Production Center in Slater on Friday, Nov. 30.
(Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News)
General Manager of GE Power and Water's Air Filtration business Keith White, Dr. Stephen Allegri, mayor; and Gene Griffith, assistant administrator of the City of Slater cut the ribbon at the New Gas Turbine Inlet Filtration Production Center in Slater on Friday, Nov. 30.

The expansion created 115 new jobs in Slater over the last six months.

"The Air Filtration business in Slater is growing." White said in a press release. "Expanding our workforce and facilities are vital to driving our filtration business to support natural gas power generation in North America."

The press release also states that the jobs created include production line positions such as sewing operators, automated machine operators and a production supervisor.

"We're going to invest about $11 million in the next three to four years," White said during the ribbon cutting ceremony. "We've invested over $3 million this year alone to bring this facility to life. Not only that ... we've been expanding our production capability on our industrial product lines as well."

White later explained that most of the updates to date are infrastructure related. The other $8 million that is planned to be invested in the facility is for new production equipment and to potentially automate some activities. The new equipment and the current work force would allow the Slater New Gas Turbine Inlet Filtration Production Center to produce more goods.

"While we're protecting equipment with filters coming out of this facility, we're protecting the environment with filters coming out of the other facility," White said. "It's an expansion all around."

"We've always been proud to be a part of the Slater community," plant manager Grant Carothers said in the release. "With the addition of these 115 jobs, we now employ more than 300 people in Slater."

The facility has been open under GE's name since 1975, according to White, and is an evolution of what the facility was before GE took it over.

"As I understand, we actually took over a facility here that already had sewing operations in it for a different industry," he said. "Back in 1975, when we started here it was based on having the capabilities of sewing operations, which if you would see out in the facility is a core part of making industrial filters."

White also said that another reason for wanting to expand in Slater was because the heart of the market for gas turbine power generation is in the United States and it's hard to get more in the center of that then Missouri.

"This is a really big deal for Slater and Saline County," Allegri said. "I mean, we are so excited about this and we thank GE for having the faith in our community and our workers to make this large investment."

"I think it's important to note that one of the reasons we are doing it here is because of the response of the workers here in the community," White said. "This is a great place to do work. And when companies make decisions to invest, that's a big element of it. You want to know what you'll get out of the people and that the people enjoy working for you. That its that type of relationship in the community ... This is in some ways also a result of the confidence we had in the people in our facility and the support we have received from the community."

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com


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Where is the Governor, Dept. of Economic Development, and MSDC?

Can there be a group picture? This is BIG for Slater, Saline County, Missouri.

-- Posted by CWilli on Mon, Dec 3, 2012, at 2:04 PM
Response by Kelsey Alumbaugh:
They were all invited, but the governor was unable to attend. MSDC was there, but not part of the ribbon cutting. According to Gene Griffith, GE wanted it to be the mayor, general manager of GE and the assistant city administrator to cut the ribbon. Photos were only allowed during the ribbon cutting ceremony, so that is why only this one was chosen.

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