GE Aviation building new Indiana plant

General Electric Aviation plans to build a new jet-engine assembly plant in Lafayette, Ind. The new plant will be responsible for manufacturing the LEAP engine for CFM International, according to a statement from GE.

GE will be spending $100 million to build the new 225,000-square-foot plant. CFM International, which is a joint venture between GE and Snecma, has already recorded more than 6,000 orders for the new jet engine.

David Joyce, president and CEO of GE Aviation, said the main reason for building the new manufacturing facility is to meet consumer demand for the LEAP engine.

"We are thrilled by the airline industry's enthusiasm for the new LEAP engine and its groundbreaking technologies," Joyce said. "Beginning in 2015, the LEAP engine will experience a dramatic production ramp-up for the remainder of the decade. We are grateful to the entire Indiana team for ensuring that our Lafayette assembly plant will be soon up and running."

The LEAP engine is currently in an ongoing testing phase, but GE said it could start hiring workers for the Lafayette facility in 2015, with the workforce totaling 200 people. Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement Indiana has plenty of skilled workers in order to meet the demands of LEAP engine production.

"With a nod to our past and an eye on our future, Indiana is a manufacturing state, with decades of experience in building the items that power our world," Pence said. "But we are also a state of innovation, developing the technologies of tomorrow. GE Aviation's plans in Indiana fuse the two. By selecting Indiana for its new jet engine facility, the company gains a workforce skilled at both developing the big ideas and bringing them to life."

Businesses who are looking to hire experienced workers to help meet the demands of the industry can consult with manufacturing recruiters.