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GE Aviation acquires Morris Technologies and Rapid Quality Manufacturing

The assets of Morris Technologies and its sister company, Rapid Quality Manufacturing have been acquired by one of its major customers, GE Aviation headquartered in Evendale, OH. The two privately-held companies, with about 130 Cincinnati-area employees, specialized in additive manufacturing of both rapid prototypes and end-use components.

Clare Goldsberry

November 29, 2012

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GE Aviation acquires Morris Technologies and Rapid Quality Manufacturing

According to a release from GE Aviation, the acquisition allows GE Aviation to expand its engineering and manufacturing capabilities to meet its growing jet engine production rates over the next five years. In addition to acquiring these manufacturing processes, GE Aviation will open two new production plants in the U.S. next year.
“Morris Technologies and Rapid Quality Manufacturing are parts of our investment in emerging manufacturing technologies,” said Colleen Athans, vp and general manager of the Supply Chain Division at GE Aviation, in a prepared statement. “Our ability to develop state-of-the-art manufacturing processes for emerging materials and complex design geometry is critical to our future. We are so fortunate to have Morris Technologies and Rapid Quality Manufacturing just minutes from our headquarters. We know them well.”
Founded by Cincinnati natives Greg Morris, Wendell Morris, and Bill Noack in 1994, Morris Technologies (Sharonville, OH) and Rapid Quality Manufacturing (West Chester, OH) have supplied parts to GE Aviation for several years, as well as to GE Power Systems and GE’s Global Research Center. The companies have made everything from lightweight parts for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the U.S. military to hip replacement prototypes for the medical field, said GE Aviation’s release.
Morris Technologies and Rapid Quality Manufacturing have already been contracted by GE Aviation to produce components for the best-selling LEAP jet engine being developed by DFM International, a 50/50 joint company of GE and Snecma (SAFRAN) of France. The LEAP engine, which is scheduled to enter service in the middle of this decade on three different narrow-body aircraft, has already received more than 4000 engine orders before the first full engine had even gone to test.
Morris Technologies provides additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping services to the aerospace, energy, oil and gas, and medical industries through a variety of additive manufacturing processes including SLA and DMLS.
PlasticsToday has written a number of articles on Morris Technologies over the past decade, and the success of that company’s additive manufacturing business.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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