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Notre Dame, GE, bringing $36 million jet engine research facility to South Bend

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Notre Dame and General Electric (GE) are set to put South Bend on the map in the world of jet engine research.

The city of South Bend has made a formal recommendation to the redevelopment commission to approve funding of a 43,000-square-foot, $36 million turbine engine component research and testing facility in Ignition Park. 25,000-square-feet of that facility is marked out to become the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility, which will provide rig testing for GE among other projects. If all goes to plan, construction on the facility will begin this summer and be completed by next March. The facility is expected to be fully operational by July 2016.

57 new jobs with average wages of $38 per hour are expected to be created by the facility by 2018, and the city expects 60 additional jobs to come as local suppliers grow from the business the facility generates. The city expects the facility to generate $15 million per year once it's operating at full capacity.

"We're thrilled that South Bend will serve as the base of research that will have a profound effect on the world," Common Council President Oliver Davis said, "The jobs this facility will bring and the wider economic activity it will support will be a boon to the City's growing high-tech sector."

The proposal asks for the city to provide $4.4 million worth of funding, equipment, land and tax abatement. Notre Dame is planning to contribute $7.5 million, $13.5 million is expected to come from GE, with the remainder coming from the state, Indiana & Michigan Power, and other partners.

FOX28 will have more on this story as it develops throughout the day.

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