GE Aviation reported plans for additional investment at the site of its new engine assembly facility in Lafayette, Indiana. The additional US$15M investment in machinery and equipment will allow for maintenance, repair and overhaul capability for the new LEAP engine of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of GE and Snecma (Safran) of France. GE plans to hire an additional 30 people, bringing the total commitment to 230 employees by 2020. Hiring will begin next month. The new jobs and investment will position Lafayette to play a pivotal role across the entire life cycle of the engine—beginning with capability for final assembly of new make engines, and extending to maintenance, repair and overhaul of the engines once in service. Construction on the new 300,000-ft² facility in Lafayette has begun and the facility will be operational by January of 2016.