Leahy: General Electric/Rutland Gains $5.4 Million Navy Contract

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced that General Electric Aviation of Rutland has been awarded a U.S. Navy contract for about $5.4 million for the development and production of fighter engines for the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft.

The contract, which is being divided among several regional GE plants, totals more than $45 million and is a modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract.  GE Rutland receives 12 percent – about $5.4 million -- of the total award.

As the most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Defense Subcommittee, 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.  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 part orders.

Leahy said, “The GE Aviation Rutland facility and its workforce of nearly 1100 Vermonters have built a well-deserved reputation with the Navy for the trusted value of their products.  The superior quality of their work is a credit to them and a great benefit to Rutland’s and Vermont’s economies and to the nation’s defense capabilities.”

“Senator Leahy has been a long-time supporter of the vital Super Hornet program for the U.S. Navy,” said Dante DiBattista, manager of GE Aviation factory in Rutland.  “GE is proud to provide the jet engine power for the Super Hornet, and a significant part of that engine technology is produced in Rutland.”

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