“GE Aviation came to Ashe County in 2007. The 200,000 square foot facility currently employs 270 people with plans to continue to grow and manufactures rotating parts for commercial and military aircraft engines. The people of Ashe County make this a special place to live and work. Employee involvement in decision making and dedication to the success of the business has made the operation extremely successful over the past several years. This success has encouraged GE to invest over $103M and double the manufacturing space since 2007.”
Kristen Neubauer, Plant Leader at GE Aviation in West Jefferson

“AEV was started in Ashe County in 1990, and is the leading manufacturer of ambulances in the U.S. Our rapid growth and success to a large extent can be attributed to our workforce and local environment. Our customers come from all over the country as well as several foreign countries. Without exception, they are amazed at the capabilities and products of our world class manufacturing operation that is born and bred in Ashe County.”
Randy Hanson, President & CEO of American Emergency Vehicles

“Ashe County offers much that enhances work environment and quality of work life—the work ethic of people who will apply for jobs, the helpful attitude of local vendors, the commitment of local leadership to tackle problems that affect industry and the business community as well as the beauty that you see out the window.  Also there are many academically talented young people who are looking for an opportunity in the area. Hiring locally has been a smart way to grow McFarland.”
Rhonda Herman, President of McFarland Publishing