7 facilities in 7 years

Bringing advanced manufacturing to Indiana

GE Aviation’s newest facility in Lafayette, Indiana, will open in 2015. The 225,000-square-foot facility will assemble the new LEAP engine from CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE. With the capacity to perform final assembly of the engine and the engine’s core, the Lafayette facility will receive components from GE’s network of more than 80 facilities around the world and more than 1,500 domestic suppliers.

CFM International is a 50/50 joint company of Snecma (Safran) and GE.

A facility of the future

The Lafayette facility will incorporate the latest technologies and innovations in engineering and workflow processes to enhance efficiency and productivity. By optimizing the way work is completed and by introducing new methods of manufacturing, we are making the future of engineering a reality today.

Automated vision
inspection systems

Integrated photo inspection systems to verify assembly quality

Integrated statistical
process control

Automated digital feedback to minimize process variation

Optimized assembly

Integration of LEAN flow and digital collaboration to maximize shop efficiency

Advanced torque

High-precision, specialized torque systems to ensure product reliability

High-tech rotor stacking

Patented predictive assembly process to improve engine performance

machining centers

Advanced technologies to enable precision machining of high-tech materials

Building toward tomorrow

The Lafayette plant will be located just minutes from the campus of Purdue University, a widely recognized leader in manufacturing technology. Working collaboratively, GE Aviation and Purdue leaders will explore opportunities to closely align the university to the facility, and GE will use the plant as a catalyst for identifying talent and research capability.

GE currently employs more than 1,200 Purdue University alumni, including more than 400 at GE Aviation. And over the past five years, GE has financed more than $2.5 million in research and development projects at Purdue.

In addition to the Purdue partnership, GE will work with the leadership of Ivy Tech at Lafayette for skills and training support to prepare for the new facility.

Reinventing Industry

Reinventing Industry

Advances in technology can open new opportunities throughout the U.S. and will allow us to find new ways to organize and link factories, workers, suppliers and distribution channels, meshing the physical and digital worlds.