Pratt & Whitney adding 500 jobs at Columbus plant


Aircraft engine maker Pratt & Whitney plans to expand its plant in Columbus and create more than 500 jobs at the facility over the next five years.

Pratt & Whitney, which now has about 1,200 workers at the complex, said Tuesday it will spend $386 million on the expansion.

The newly created jobs will include positions in administration, supervisory and technical support, production and maintenance, the company said.

“We’re investing heavily in our Columbus business 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 ensure 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.”

The expansion was announced by Gov. Nathan Deal’s office. State and local economic development agencies were involved, but no details on incentives were disclosed in the announcement.

Pratt & Whitney is a unit of United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn.



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