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South Bend Breaks Ground to Fly High

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

“These multi-tenant buildings will be a magnet for additional companies to Ignition Park,” said Common Council President Oliver J. Davis. “It’s a major investment in South Bend’s economic future.”

Already, one of these buildings in this $12 million, 86,000 sq. ft. construction project will house the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility, a collaboration between Notre Dame and General Electric Co. This facility will be a laboratory focused on the massive gas turbine engines used in everything from airplanes to power plants. Planned to be operational in July 2016, this facility alone will bring in dozens of high-wage jobs and will be the nation’s foremost laboratory for this kind of research.

“This is where a lot of jobs powered South Bend’s old economy,” said South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, referencing the former Studebaker plant. “We’re going to have a lot of jobs here in South Bend’s new economy thanks to this kind of innovation.”

The site is on city-owned land and includes 84 acres or more than three million square feet of space for development. Great Lakes Capital Development LLC is responsible for the construction of these two buildings. The economic impact of the turbomachinery facility alone has been estimated at more than $15 million a year.

Great Lakes Capital Development LLC

Jeff Rea, President and CEO
St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce
Ignition Park