COLUMBIA - General Electric is breaking ground for an advanced manufacturing facility in Greenville.

GE Power and Water President and CEO Steve Bolze on Tuesday announced the construction of the $73 million facility. Gov. Nikki Haley and Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott joined Bolze for the announcement.

The plant is expected to open late next year and will create more than 80 jobs.

GE plans to invest $400 million over the next ten years in Greenville to expand its operations.

Jeff Connelly with GE says the new space will help in the development of new technology and help get products such as wind turbines and gas engines to the market quicker.