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      GE Healthcare to create 50 jobs in Florence County

      GE Healthcare is investing $17 million in a Florence plant that will turn helium gas into supercool liquid needed for medical imaging.

      The company announced Monday it's building a 5,000-square-foot facility next to its existing magnetic resonance plant. GE expects 10 of the 50 jobs created to be permanent.

      Construction will start next month with the plant in full operation by next May.

      You can contact SC Works (https://jobs.scworks.org/vosnet/Default.aspx) in Florence to apply for the new positions.

      The new plant will use techniques to capture pure helium gas and compress it into stunningly cold liquid form. This is necessary for MR magnets to function accurately when imaging patients.

      Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell took part in the ceremony.

      "World-class innovation and high tech jobs are exactly the type of investments that will keep the Pee Dee and the State of South Carolina on upward trajectory," said Lt. Governor McConnell.

      No word on when GE will begin hiring.

      The company has been in Florence for more than 30 years.