GE Healthcare has started its $165 million mammography production facility in the Rensselaer Technology Park in New York. The new 230,000-square-foot facility includes a 60,000-square-foot cleanroom. The digital X-ray detectors that will be manufactured at the plant are used in mammogram screening. Apart from 100 new jobs planned for the new facility, 50 people from GE’s research center in Niskayuna, New York, will move to the tech park.
Staffs at the new plant will include 15 engineers, 15 administrators and 120 technicians and support staff with an average annual salary of $65,000. The plant is likely to have an annual payroll of $10 million.
“This a wonderful example of how a long-term commitment to technology can spur the growth of our manufacturing base and create new, high-tech jobs,” said Mark Little, GE senior vice president and director of the research center.
GE developed its digital X-ray technology at GE Global Research in Niskayuna. GE claimed that this is its first expansion of high tech medical equipment manufacturing by its health care operation into New York.