Innovation during down times continues to be a differentiator, and GE Aviation has made clear where it stands on this point. This week the Fortune 100 company broke ground on $51 million R&D facility on the campus of the University of Dayton in Ohio. GE calls the center the Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center (EPISCenter). It will be built on an eight-acre site there as part of the equally t-shirt unfriendly "Ohio Aerospace Hub of Opportunity and Innovation." The facility will consist of approximately 120,000 square feet of research labs and offices. GE expects to turn the switches by the end of next year.