GE Starts Work On LEAP Factory

GE Aviation has officially started building a 225,000 sq-ft plant in Lafayette, Indiana, in which the LEAP engine will be assembled.

GE Aviation has officially started building a 225,000 sq-ft plant in Lafayette, Indiana, in which the LEAP engine will be assembled.

New technologies being incorporated at the $100m facility include automated vision inspection systems on the production line and radio frequency parts management.

The site could be operational as early as next year and is expected to employ more than 200 people by 2020. The LEAP, which has already received commitments and orders from airlines topping 7,500 engines, is due to enter service in 2016.

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