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GE Aviation's New Assembly Facility Will Be Located Minutes from Purdue Campus

GE AviationPhoto: GE Aviation's Vice President and General Manager, Assembly, Test and Overhaul Anthony Aiello and Purdue's Chief Global Affairs Officer Suresh Garimella

On March 26, 2014, GE Aviation announced it's plan to build a $100 million jet engine assembly facility in Lafayette. The 225,000-square-foot facility, scheduled to open in 2015, will assemble the new LEAP engine from CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE. With the capacity to perform final assembly of the engine and the engine’s core, the Lafayette facility will receive components from GE’s network of more than 80 facilities around the world and more than 1,500 domestic suppliers.

Purdue has a long history of collaboration with GE Aviation and its parent, General Electric Co. GE employs more than 1,200 Purdue alumni, including more than 400 at GE Aviation. Over the past five years, GE has financed more than $2.5 million in research and development projects at Purdue. Working collaboratively, GE Aviation and Purdue leaders will explore opportunities to closely align the university to the facility, and GE will use the plant as a catalyst for identifying talent and research capability.

"Purdue and GE are continuing to build a broad and strong collaboration in both research and talent recruitment," said Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University. "In today's world, a strong research university is the best economic magnet a state can have, and today's announcement is a perfect example of that principle in action."

A photogallery of the announcement is here.

For more information, visit http://www.geaviation.com/manufacturing/advanced-manufacturing.html

Source: GE Aviation