GE Aviation plans Lafayette plant

Mitch Daniels and Jeff Immelt, GE's Chairman and CEO.
Mitch Daniels and Jeff Immelt, GE's Chairman and CEO.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A new report says GE Aviation is expected to build a new jet aircraft engine plant in Lafayette. The governor’s office is calling the event a major jobs announcement.

The official announcement is expected to come Wednesday, March 26 at the Purdue University Airport. Gov. Mike Pence will join the event along with GE executives, according to officials with Pence’s office. David Joyce, president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation, will also be in attendance.

Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting GE Aviation plans to invest $92 million and create 200 jobs at the manufacturing plant in Lafayette. The jobs will pay an average of $36 an hour or close to $75,000 per year.

Mayor Tony Roswarski confirmed with News 18 Tuesday that the plant will indeed be in the City of Lafayette. He said this announcement will be a “game changer for the community.”

Tippecanoe County Commissioner John Knochel confirmed the plant is coming, and that is what the announcement will be Wednesday. However, anything more than that he said he could not comment. Knochel said he has been sworn to secrecy until after the announcement is made.

GE Aviation is the world’s largest jet engine manufacturer. This will be the global manufacturer’s first-ever aviation production facility in Indiana. More than 39,000 people are employed by GE Aviation at 83 sites across the world.

The company will be producing the next generation LEAP engine in partnership with CFM International. The engines provide 15 percent better fuel consumption and are better for the environment. There are already about 6,000 orders for the engine from companies around the world. Testing on the engine is expected to begin later this year.

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