GE Aviation confirms Lafayette plans

March 26th, 2014 at 12:02 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

It’s now official.  GE Aviation will build a $100 million jet engine plant in Lafayette.

The announcement was made at Purdue University Wednesday morning.  It means more than 200 high paying jobs are coming to Indiana by 2020.

The new facility will manufacture the LEAP engine.  That’s short for Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion.  GE Aviation has already sold 6,000 of them.

“With that backlog of sales we’ve got to move fast,” said GE Aviation CEO David Joyce.  “So we hope to break ground this year in Lafayette.  We hope to hire in 2015.”

GE already employs 1200 Purdue graduates and will be looking to hire more of them at the new jet engine plant.

“You have the skills, the attitude, and the entrepreneurial spirit that we need,” said Tony Aiello of GE Aviation, “to help assure that we meet the promise we made to our customers when they chose LEAP to power their aircraft.”

Among those taking part in the announcement were Governor Mike Pence and former governor, now Purdue President, Mitch Daniels.  They said negotiation with GE Aviation began 18 monts ago.

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