(Reuters) - General Electric Co
The plant in Lafayette will assemble the LEAP engine, which is a product of CFM International, a longtime joint venture of GE and France's Safran
CFM has orders for more than 6,000 LEAP engines, which are not scheduled to enter service until 2016.
The LEAP will power new versions of widely sold single-aisle planes - the Airbus
"Beginning in 2015, the LEAP engine will experience a dramatic production ramp-up for the remainder of the decade," David Joyce, president of GE Aviation, said in a statement.
GE expects to begin hiring for the plant as soon as next year and said the plant would employ more than 200 people within about five years.
(Reporting by Lewis Krauskopf; Editing by Bernadette Baum)