GE to Build Aircraft Engine Plant in Indiana

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A global manufacturing partnership is set to make a huge manufacturing announcement in Tippecanoe County Wednesday morning. Inside INdiana Business has learned GE Aviation will locate a new jet aircraft engine operation in Lafayette. The plant will boost the state's already-strong aircraft technology sector that includes a GE Aviation components plant in Terre Haute and the aviation program at Purdue. General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) Chief Executive Officer Jeffery Immelt provided a few clues about the project earlier this year during a National Governor's Association meeting.

Without announcing a location, 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 lengthy relationship between Purdue and the global manufacturer that goes back more than a century.

Immelt has stated the company has traditionally hired more students from Purdue than any other university in the world.

He discussed that relationship and GE's future during a special conversation in West Lafayette last year with Purdue University President Mitch Daniels.

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Inside INdiana Business has learned the plant is expected to manufacture the LEAP engine, which will power next generation commercial aircraft.

Source: Inside INdiana BusinessMarch 25, 2014

News Release

Governor Mike Pence will join David Joyce, president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation, the world's largest jet engine manufacturer, on Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. in West Lafayette for a major economic development announcement regarding the global manufacturer's first-ever production facility in Indiana.

Source: Indiana Economic Development Corp.