WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Bringing in the new GE Aviation plant may mean fewer Boilermakers leaving the community after graduating from Purdue.
GE Aviation has a close relationship with Purdue University. The company hires more Boilermakers every year than any other company and they hire more people graduating from Purdue than from any other university.
“I think our skills at Purdue and our research capabilities and GE’s needs, particularly in aviation, couldn’t be better matched,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said.
Gov. Mike Pence said bringing GE Aviation to Indiana is just one step closer to keeping Boilermakers in the community.
“Purdue every year graduates some of the most brilliant men and woman every year in areas of engineering, in areas of aviation technology. To see GE Aviation come and locate here is just going to give a lot of those great Hoosiers one more reason to stay in Indiana,” Pence said.
“Our students are tailor-made for leadership in places like this, and I don’t doubt that a lot of them will get their start here,” Daniels said.
“To have a company known as well as GE that hires so many Purdue students — this will create a snowball effect where we’re going to be more attractive to keeping people here and more attractive for people to stay innovative here in the process,” Greater Lafayette Commerce President Joe Seaman said.
Seaman said GE Aviation expanding to Lafayette goes hand in hand with the area’s efforts to attract young professionals with co-working spaces.
“With what’s going on with the Foundry, Anvil, and soon to be opened Matchbox I think we’ve got kind of the perfect storm going here. It really is the game changer we’ve been looking for,” Seaman said.
Mitch Daniels said he is looking forward for the relationship between the university and GE Aviation to grow through research and employment opportunities for Boilermakers.