Haley Barbour

Partners to invest $100M in 250-job aerospace coating plant

General Electric Co. and Praxair Corp. announced Monday that they will invest $100 million in Ellisville to coat aircraft parts at a plant there. However, GE will stop the current work of building composite aircraft parts at the plant.

The new venture, called PG Technologies, pledged Monday to employ 250 people by 2020, the same number GE once pledged to hire. GE, one of the most highly touted investments under Gov. Haley Barbour, currently has about 100 workers. Employment by the new venture could eventually rise to 400 people.

State and local officials have pledged more than $20 million in grants and tax breaks to attract the plant, according to an analysis by The...