GE Aviation commemorated its remodeled, state-of-the-art Strother Field plant in late July during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Community leaders and employees were joined by representatives from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and Defense Logistics Agency, who thanked the workforce for their efforts over the years, particularly the strong performance throughout the COVID crisis.
GE used the pandemic-driven business downturn as an opportunity to dramatically enhance its Strother efficiencies and set itself up for future success. GE coupled Lean flow and process improvements with workload realignment to enable the consolidation of its operations in the nearby Winfield space into the revamped Strother Field building.
“The collective team did a fantastic job embracing change, pre-planning so we didn’t disrupt our customers in the move and executing to the plan,” GE Strother Plant Manager Jason Kosmas said. “To say the past year was challenging is an understatement. I’m extremely proud of what this team has accomplished in such a short time.”
Combining the facilities enables GE to drive in efficiency across all aspects of plant operations, from taking care of its people, to better integrating machine operations, to more efficiently managing material, to better managing cost.
This initiative required close coordination with military customers and internal engineering and supply chain teams to enable timely certification of re-established product lines and complete the move without impacting delivery schedules.
“It is a privilege to provide engine services to our warfighters and other government agencies,” said Garner Pogue of GE Aviation’s Military Systems Operation. “We are proud of our partnerships with the military and our artisans take this work seriously. These remodeled facilities will better enable us to fulfill our critical role.”
The consolidation also creates an opportunity for GE Aviation Materials to expand its operation at the Winfield plant.