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Clinton chosen for new GE Renewable Energy test facility

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A new research and development facility to test prototype bearing designs for onshore wind energy generation will be located in Clinton.

GE Renewable Energy, a business within General Electric Co., said the new $29 million spec facility located at 19267 SC-72 at the new I-26 Commerce Park in Clinton will “test prototype bearings and evaluate next generation bearing technology.” The new technology and research would be applied to the company’s onshore wind business, according to a news release from the company.

“We are excited to welcome GE to Laurens County,” said Jeff Field, chairman of the Laurens County Development Corp., in the release. “Having one of the strongest brands in the world locate in our county will help us continue to attract high quality industries as well as kickstart the development of the Clinton 26 Commerce Park.”

GE said it plans to add 17 new employees to the facility which will begin operation at the end of the year.

Pete McCabe, president and CEO of GE’s onshore wind division, said the new facility’s proximity to other GE facilities in the region “makes this an ideal location to continue our research as we work to provide sustainable, reliable, affordable energy for everyone.”

GE Renewable Energy has more than 30,000 wind turbines installed globally and has installed more than 400 gigawatts of energy capacity, according to its website. The company provides more than 37 GW of energy capacity in the U.S.

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