Construction plans on GE plant moving forward

Photo shows GE Aviation President and CEO David Doyle as he makes the announcement of building a jet engine plant in Lafayette, Ind. at Purdue University Airport on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (WLFI Photo)
Photo shows GE Aviation President and CEO David Doyle as he makes the announcement of building a jet engine plant in Lafayette, Ind. at Purdue University Airport on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (WLFI Photo)


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The first step in construction of the new GE plant in Lafayette is getting underway.

Lafayette City Engineer Jenny Leshney said the city is looking for contractors to remove about 150,000 cubic yards of soil from the site of the future plant.

The soil needs to be removed before construction can begin.

Leshney said plans to bring the new plant to Tippecanoe County are moving rather quickly.

“I know their development team is working toward submitting plans and moving forward with the building project,” Leshney said. “We’re excited this is happening and hopefully we can get some good numbers to move the dirt out of the way so they can get going.”

Leshney said there is not an exact price yet on how much this first step will cost the city.

The new facility will be built in Park 350 near Veterans Memorial Parkway and U.S. 52 on Lafayette’s south side.

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