GE Aviation’s Indiana engine factory hopes to grow workforce

The company originally predicted having 200 workers by 2018, but is now adjusting the goal to have 230 workers by 2019 and producing five engines a day by 2020

LAFAYETTE, Ind. | Production is slowing growing at GE Aviation’s jet engine factory in western Indiana, though much of the $110 million plant is quiet two years it opened.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that the Lafayette plant has 87 employees and is building about six engines a week for passenger airliners.

The company originally predicted having 200 workers by 2018, but is now adjusting the goal to have 230 workers by 2019 and producing five engines a day by 2020.

The facility produces the Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion engine, which has a backlog of more than 14,000 orders. The new engine is designed to be more fuel-efficient and powers single-aisle commercial aircraft.

Lafayette site leader Eric Matteson says the plant currently focuses on engine assembly, but will shift to providing more maintenance and repair services in 2020.