GE electrical R&D center opens in southwest Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — GE Aviation and the University of Dayton are marking the grand opening of a $53 million electrical power research and development center in southwest Ohio.

State and local officials gathered with leaders of the General Electric Co. unit and the university for Friday's events. First announced in 2010, the Electrical Power Integrated Systems Center is a 138,000-square-foot facility on the UD campus along the Great Miami River. It's expected to potentially employ 150 to 200 researchers over the next five years.

The center will work to develop advanced electrical systems, and can analyze, simulate and test power systems in planes.

GE Aviation in based in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Evendale. The new center is near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, as well as the University of Dayton Research Institute.