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GE Aviation's Indiana engine factory hopes to grow workforce

Posted September 8

— Production is slowly growing at GE Aviation's jet engine factory in western Indiana, though much of the $110 million plant is quiet two years after it opened.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the Lafayette plant has 87 employees and produces about six engines a week for passenger airliners.

The company originally projected having 200 workers by 2018, but now hopes to have 230 workers by 2019 and produce five engines a day by 2020.

The plant produces the Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion engine, which has a backlog of more than 14,000 orders. The new engine for single-aisle commercial aircraft is designed to be more fuel-efficient.

Lafayette site leader Eric Matteson says the plant currently focuses on engine assembly, but will shift to providing more maintenance and repair services in 2020.

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