Expansion of facilities in three states will lead General Electric's aviation department to hire hundreds of people over the next five years in states including North Carolina, Mississippi and Delaware.

The company has committed to invest $195 million across its North Carolina operations, including expanding worksites in Durham, West Jefferson, Wilmington and Asheville. 242 jobs are planned to be created over the course of the expansion, according to the High Country Press.

GE Aviation's expansions are planned to include an advanced composite component factory near Asheville, while Durham, West Jefferson and Wilmington's facilities are expected to acquire new machining equipment as their ranks are increased.

A recently built manufacturing and assembling aviation composites factory in Ellisville, Mississippi, is expected to add as many as 40 jobs in 2013, with a potential workforce of 250 people by 2017, in addition to more than 450 people already working at another facility in Batesville, according to Composites World.

An additional laboratory expected to be built over the next five years in Newark, Delaware, is expected to add another 70 jobs, where advanced engine components will be manufactured, the news source said. 

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