Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday announced that General Electric Aviation of Rutland has been awarded a U.S. Navy contract for $8,056,982 for the development and production of fighter engines and devices for the EA-18G aircraft. The contract, which is being divided among several regional GE plants, totals more than $67 million and is a modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract. GE Rutland receives 12 percent of the total award.
As the most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Defense Subcommittee, Senator Leahy is an advocate for GE Aviation in Rutland in the defense budget and procurement process and has long championed the plant's high-quality jet engine blades and vanes. The Rutland plant has grown by about 200 positions over the past three years and now employs approximately 1,100 Vermonters. GE has invested more than $75 million over three years to ensure the continued productivity and efficiency of the Rutland plant and to handle a backlog in engine parts orders.
Leahy said, "The continued success of GE Rutland is a sign of the superior quality of the work done at the Vermont plant. Each new contract awarded to the Rutland facility is a reminder of the economic value of GE to our state and of the trust our armed forces place in their products. There is no greater vote of confidence for a plant such as GE Rutland than to be awarded multiple contracts and the continued opportunity to serve those who protect us all."
"Our nearly 1,100 employees at Rutland take great pride in manufacturing airfoils for the F414, a workhorse engine for the U.S. Navy," said Dante DiBattista, Plant Leader for GE Aviation's Rutland facility. "We are grateful for the continued partnership with Senator Leahy and his team"