General Electric seeks to add 1,400 jobs here

General Electric's Joe Allen and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Provided photo
General Electric's Joe Allen and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Provided photo

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - General Electric says it plans to locate its new global operations center in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The  move is being applauded from the governor's office to regional economic development officials.

"Frankly, it is the biggest announcement of job creation in 10 years in the state of Ohio," Gov. John Kasich said.

Kasich joined by GE's Joe Allen talked with reporters Thursday morning via satellite from Columbus about the quality of all the new jobs.

"These are extremely important jobs," Kasich said. "I mean all the back office operations including things like (information technology) and (human resources). It means there's going to be tremendous opportunity for people in the Cincinnati area."

Joe Allen says "they will be professional jobs. They will be competitive and we're looking at all levels from entry level to mid career so you'll have a wide variety of pay scale."

Matt Davis with REDI Cincinnati says it's a big deal.

"It's a huge deal for our region," he said. "It's a huge deal for the state of Ohio and for the region in general."

Davis with says the impact of GE's move cannot be underestimated.

"That will increase earnings tax for the communities which will then be able to be put back into improving our infrastructure within our community and you'll see an up-tick in consumer spending," he said.

Allen says GE is now looking closely at Mason, Oakley and The Banks to locate their new global operations center.

"We want to have an attractive location where you can bring in 1,400 plus people. We want to make sure we have accessibility to parking and we want to have it so it's a cost competitive situation as well so those happen to be the top three."

GE isn't wasting any time on this move.

Listings for the new jobs are expected to be on GE's website within a month and the company will start moving some employees into temporary offices along East Fourth Street downtown within the next 90 days.

JobsOhio says GE will break ground on the facility this summer and expects to be fully operational at the site by 2017.

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