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GE unveils engineering center at Waukesha engine plant

John Schubert wipes a crankcase to a natural gas-fueled engine Tuesday at GE Energy Waukesha, 1101 W. St. Paul Ave. GE Healthcare also said this week that it is committing more than $3 million to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

John Schubert wipes a crankcase to a natural gas-fueled engine Tuesday at GE Energy Waukesha, 1101 W. St. Paul Ave. GE Healthcare also said this week that it is committing more than $3 million to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Photo By Mark Hoffman

Sept. 12, 2012

General Electric Co. announced that it has hired 115 people at its gas engine business in Waukesha in the past 18 months, bringing its workforce at the site to about 680 people.

The announcement was made as part of a ceremony for the company's $3.1 million investment in its engineering center.

Gov. Scott Walker and local economic development officials attended the ceremony Wednesday afternoon for the renovated 22,000-square-foot engineering center.

GE said about 100 people work in engineering at the company's Waukesha operations.

The former Waukesha Engine makes natural gas engines used in oil and gas fields, factories and utilities worldwide.

The engines power compressors used in natural gas production, transmission and storage, electrical generators used in oil fields and air compressors, cooling systems, blowers and pumps used in industrial and utility applications.

The ceremony Wednesday is part of a series of events nationally that GE is holding under the name GE Works.

The business unit - known as GE Energy's Waukesha Gas Engines - is one of seven within GE's Power & Water, the company's largest industrial business.

GE - which had revenue of $147.3 billion last year and employs more than 290,000 employees worldwide - has operations in the Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Waukesha and Madison and employs more than 7,000 people in Wisconsin.

That includes more than 6,500 people - more than 70% of them with degrees from Wisconsin colleges and universities - who work for GE Healthcare in the state.

Other GE products made in Wisconsin include imaging equipment for X-ray, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, ultrasound and other technologies, ventilators and equipment for delivering anesthesia.

Separately, GE Healthcare announced this week that it is committing more than $3 million to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, including $2 million to establish the GE Healthcare Center for Advanced Computational Imaging and to fund classes and a graduate-level certificate program in software development for medical imaging.

The balance will be given to the UWM Research Foundation to fund promising imaging research at the university.

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