The GE Aviation Plant in Lafayette Has a New Leader

The GE Aviation Plant has a new man in charge.

Posted: Aug 30, 2018 12:26 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The GE Aviation Plant has a new man in charge.

Renato Vidal comes from the Rio de Janeiro plant.

He says it’s time to produce more jobs and more LEAP Engines.

"I think we are moving to Indiana,” said Vidal.

Vidal moved his family to Lafayette after working 19 years with GE in Brazil and all around the country.

"As you work for GE you kind of plan for yourself what is going to be the next step so over the last couple of years I have been saying like we are probably going to move,” said Vidal

He has been in charge for one week, but already has goals in mind.

"We have a plan to reach, by the end of next year, 200 people,” said Vidal. “We are still behind on this plan. We need to recover."

The recovery process is taking so long because GE is focused on filling the needs of Boeing and Airbus. They are responsible for assembling LEAP engines.

Currently three to four engines are produced per week, but Vidal says that number will eventually be up to 30.

"I came for the challenge of growing a plant,” said Vidal. “I came from a plant that we have been growing approximately five to eight percent per year. The ramp up here is much more aggressive."

Not only does Vidal want to make the company better, but he wants to make the community better.

"I'm pretty excited to be here of course of dealing with the community as well. I know this plant has a very important responsibility with the community, a lot of interaction."

Vidal says GE will eventually reach the 230 employee mark, it may just take longer than expected.

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