Indiana Chosen For LEAP Production

GE is to break ground in Lafayette, Indiana this year on a final assembly line for the new LEAP engine from CFM, the GE-Snecma joint venture. The $100m facility will span 225,000sq-ft and will eventually employ more than 200 people. Hiring will commence, possibly in 2015, once LEAP transitions from its present testing phase into full production. Final assembly of the LEAP engine at the Lafayette facility will use components and sub-assemblies from GE and Snecma and from their suppliers around the world. LEAP production will also occur at GE's existing engine assembly plant in Durham, North Carolina. Technologies at the Lafayette plant will include automated vision inspection systems and radio frequency parts management. CFM has won commitments for more than 6,000 LEAP engines.

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