GE to announce new jet engine plant coming to Lafayette

2014-03-25T12:30:00Z 2014-03-25T23:20:09Z GE to announce new jet engine plant coming to LafayetteTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 25, 2014 12:30 pm  • 

Citing the Indiana Economic Development Corp. as its source, Inside Indiana Business is reporting GE Aviation will locate a new jet aircraft engine operation in Lafayette. IEDC is the state's commerce department.

The plant is expected to manufacture the LEAP engine, which will power next-generation commercial aircraft.

And the state of Indiana issued a press release stating Gov. Mike Pence will join David Joyce, president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation, the world's largest jet manufacturer, this morning in West Lafayette for a "major economic development announcement regarding the global manufacturer's first-ever production facility in Indiana."

The plant will be in addition to the GE Aviation components plant already in Terre Haute, and the company hopes to tap into the aviation program at Purdue University for expertise and employees, according to IIB.

General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffery Immelt provided a few clues about the project earlier this year during a National Governor's Association meeting, IIB reported.

Without announcing a location at that time, Immelt said GE likes building around "great, high-class universities" to help fill a worker pipeline and re-invest in education.

The plant will build on a relationship between Purdue and the global manufacturer that goes back more than a century. Immelt has said the company traditionally has hired more students from Purdue than any other university in the world, according to IIB.

Immelt discussed that relationship and GE's future last year in West Lafayette with Purdue University President Mitch Daniels.

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