By Ryan D. Andrews, Fortune magazine staff writerIn March 2017, GE Appliance Company announced plans to open a manufacturing facility in Detroit’s downtown district.
The announcement was met with a wave of optimism and excitement from the automotive industry, with auto manufacturers like GM, Ford, and Toyota among those that expressed interest.
The factory will employ over 200 people and make up half of GE Appliants production capacity.
At the time, the company said it would bring a high-tech manufacturing facility to the area.
Today, a new GE Appliants factory has opened in downtown Detroit and is expected to employ over 1,000 people, a majority of them local.
The GE Applifaces new manufacturing facility is part of a growing trend of automakers and technology companies bringing manufacturing jobs to urban areas.
The industry is also seeing an explosion in the use of drones, which have become increasingly common in manufacturing, with several companies like GE making drones for their factories.
The companies are hoping that by employing more locally and expanding their supply chain, they can get more of their products to the American consumer.
As the number of new manufacturing jobs is on the rise, so is the demand for the goods produced.
The demand for parts and parts materials is increasing as well.
GE Appliiances recent announcement to expand into Detroit was seen as a signal to its employees that they will be able to stay in their jobs for as long as they need.
The latest jobs data, from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that manufacturing employment grew at an annualized rate of 1.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The increase was led by the continued expansion of the automotive sector, with employment increasing by 6.1 percent.
The fastest growing segment of manufacturing, however, was transportation, where the number jumped by 1.3 percent.
For more on the manufacturing industry, check out our feature, What the Industry Needs to Make It Back.