April 15, 2014
REDI Cincinnati assists GE expansion, 1,400 new jobs coming
In a move noticed far beyond Cincinnati and Ohio, GE announced last week that it will open a U.S. Global Operations Center in our region and create at least 1,400 new jobs in Ohio. GE officials say that number could someday swell to 2,000. The new jobs announcement was the largest in Ohio in at least a decade.
The facility will be the only one of its kind in the U.S., and one of five in the world. It is set to be fully operational by 2017. The positions will be good paying jobs, and will largely be in IT, human resources and payroll functions.
JobsOhio worked closely with GE to provide information on suitable sites for the new shared services center, as well as economic development assistance. With the assistance of the region's leading economic development organization REDI Cincinnati, GE is still reviewing several sites in Southwest Ohio before announcing a final location. Groundbreaking on the facility is set for this summer. A temporary site in downtown Cincinnati will be home for workers as construction on the permanent Center is underway. Hiring is expected to begin in the next few months.
Here's what's being said about the decision:
“GE is one of the most innovative, forward-thinking, well-run companies on the planet. The company knows the Greater Cincinnati area is an excellent place to be because of its long-time, successful GE Aviation operation and we’re thrilled with the confidence this move shows in the people of Ohio. JobsOhio has once again shown its value by working successfully with the company to make this happen. It’s great to see more jobs created by JobsOhio’s efforts,” said Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich.
“We’re excited to expand GE’s presence in Ohio,” said Shane Fitzsimons, Senior Vice President, GE Global Operations. “Ohio and GE have been working together for many years and Ohio is home to over 15,000 GE employees today. The Greater Cincinnati area provides a pool of talent that will help us build a world-class Shared Services Center. We appreciate the support of JobsOhio in bringing this project to the region.Our long and successful history with the state will be mutually beneficial.”
“Ohio is already home to more GE employees than any other state in the country, with its largest footprint in Greater Cincinnati, so it is no surprise it would choose to bring even more jobs and investment here,” said Matt Davis, Interim Executive Director of REDI Cincinnati. “GE knows that our region is an ideal place to live and work, and we're excited to again be part of its plans for the future. It really speaks to where our economy was and where we hope to get it. This is a huge boost to our local economy and great signal from GE to grow where they have infrastructure already and where they're familiar. Familiarity is a huge key and it really speaks to our assets to be able to attract them to grow here," Davis added.
Cincinnati landing the Operations Center is just the latest reason for our region to feel proud of where we stack up (GE chose Ohio over two other states), but there are plenty more. Take a look at some of Cincinnati USA's other accolades, and please share our story: