This month a division of United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney announced that it will invest roughly $386 million dollars into its Columbus, Georgia facility. This investment will increase production of parts and also the maintenance services and this will also reduce existing and new engine programs. With many equipment upgrades, construction of two new buildings and purchase of new automated machinery. The largest new area will be constructed for the facility to overhaul GTF engines with over 200,000 square feet to work with. This will include a 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility for specialized parts, and an area to develop turbine disks and compressor rotors for Pratt & Whitney Engines.
Many upgrades to equipment are also planned and will be unveiled upon completion of the expansion.
"We're investing heavily in our Columbus facility to support the increased production and services planned for our F135 and GTF engines,"said Chris Calio, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines.
"This investment will help ensure that we have the appropriate infrastructure, tooling and trained workforce in place to provide the best products and services to our customers worldwide. The tremendous support we receive from the community and state have contributed to our success in Georgia."
"Pratt & Whitney has maintained a presence in Muscogee County since 1984 and this latest expansion speaks to Georgia's support for our robust aerospace industry,"said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.
"Georgia's pro-business structural framework and deep talent pool help to retain industry leaders such as Pratt & Whitney. By adding these new high-quality manufacturing jobs, Pratt & Whitney is making a significant investment in the Columbus community and we look forward to strengthening this longstanding partnership as the company continues to grow."
Another great aspect of this expansion is the relationship Pratt & Whiney has with Columbus Technical College. This will provide new and existing employees with new training centers that they did not have in past. Columbus Technical College will provide short and long term programs for aerospace and advanced manufacturing technologies that will support the company’s growth better. This location maintains and overhauls the PW1100G-JM, V2500, PW2000, F117 and F100 engines at the Columbus location.
"This announcement from Pratt & Whitney is the latest example of the hard work put forth every day by our economic development team locally and the professionals at the Georgia Department of Economic Development,"
said Brian Anderson, president & CEO of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
"The project would not have happened without the tremendous relationships we have with the local Pratt & Whitney leadership team here in Columbus as well as those at both Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Corporation in Connecticut."
This expansion is not only significant for the Pratt & Whitney business but also for the community of Columbus, Georgia.
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