GE gets closer to groundbreaking

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) — GE Aviation is getting closer to breaking ground in Lafayette to build its $100 million, 225,000 square foot facility.

The building will sit just south of Nanshan on U.S. 52 in Lafayette’s south side. It will produce the Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion, or LEAP, engine bringing more than 200 jobs by 2020.

Mayor Tony Roswarski said paperwork to begin construction is wrapping up this month.

“The land option agreement is wrapping up. We’ve got a few little pieces to finish up on that with some wording, and we’re just about done with that. The incentive agreements are getting much closer, so the paperwork and behind the scenes paperwork after things are finalized are finished, or very close to being finished,” Roswarski said.

Roswarski said he expects construction to begin next month.

He said GE Aviation has not said when the company will begin taking applications.

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