Updated Thu, Apr 10, 2014 3:56 pm
UPDATE 3:55 p.m. General Electric announced today that it will open a new location in Cincinnati by 2017.
The U.S. Global Operations Center should create about 1,400 jobs.
Gov. John Kasich’s entity JobsOhio is assisting in return for GE’s choosing Cincinnati.
“It’s going to generate a lot of revenue down there, but it’s also going to provide great opportunity across the state,” said Kasich.
Allen and Kasich remained mum about the location of the new center and potential salaries, but Kasich promised the new jobs will be “white collar,” and “high-paying.”
Allen said many jobs will be in the information technology sector, and applicants will range in diversity.
“We’re looking at all levels from entry level to late career, so it will be a wide range,” said Joe Allen, general manager of the Shared Services Division of GE.
GE already has 16,000 employees in Ohio, more than any other state.
“From a GE perspective, we’ve had a great partnership with the state, we’ve had a great partnership with JobsOhio,” Allen said.
But Ohio Democrats said Kasich failed to support GE in the past, pointing to a 2010 interview quoting the governor as being unsupportive of a federal bailout for the company.
Today however, Kasich echoed Allen’s comments that Ohio’s relationship with GE is healthy.
“They’re an iconic company. They’re one of the great companies in the world and so for them to further stamp down their presence here, it’s fantastic,” he said.
The General Electric Co. plans to build a new global operations center in the Cincinnati area, adding 1,400 jobs in southwest Ohio.
The announcement was made Thursday by JobsOhio, the state's private job-creation agency.
Fairfield, Conn.-based GE describes the center as a "shared services" site that's part of the sprawling company's efforts to streamline operations.
The company that makes products ranging from aircraft engines to CT-scanners and also offers financial services employs some 307,000 people globally, with annual revenue of $146 billion. GE's Aviation division is based in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Evendale.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that three locations in Cincinnati or one of its suburbs are considered front-runners for the site. GE expects to break ground this summer and have the site fully running by 2017.