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Pratt & Whitney Expands Columbus, Georgia, Operations

Pratt & Whitney, an RTX business and world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units, plans to expand its operations in Columbus, Georgia. The $206 million project is expected to create approximately 400 jobs over the next five years.

The investment will include new machinery, equipment and an 81,000-square-foot expansion of the company’s Columbus Engine Center. The expansion will also increase overhaul capacity to 400 GTF engines per year.

"Pratt & Whitney has been doing business in Georgia for nearly 40 years and in that time, our Columbus business has grown from a small manufacturing facility to a large, state-of-the-art manufacturing and overhaul center, where we employ approximately 2,000 employees," said Shane Eddy, president of Pratt & Whitney. "We remain committed to supporting manufacturing jobs in Georgia and see an incredible opportunity to expand our workforce and our company's capabilities in Columbus, aligned with our Industry 4.0 strategy. This investment will help ensure that we have the infrastructure, machinery and equipment upgrades 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 Pratt & Whitney Columbus facility comprises the Columbus Engine Center and Columbus Forge, which operate on a single campus. The Columbus Engine Center maintains Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines for the Embraer E-Jets E2, Airbus A220 and Airbus A320neo aircraft families along with F117 and F100 engines. Columbus Forge produces compressor airfoils and nickel and titanium forgings, which are machined into critical rotating components for Pratt & Whitney's commercial and military engines, including the GTF as well as the F135 engine, powering the F-35 Lightning II fighter.

“Georgia’s network of aerospace and manufacturing companies support and build on each other in a way that enhances the entire ecosystem,” noted GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Pratt & Whitney is a long-time partner for the state and other industry leaders, including Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines. We are excited for Pratt & Whitney’s continued investment in Columbus and Muscogee County.”

Pratt & Whitney will work in partnership with Georgia QuickStart to recruit and train new employees.

“Columbus, Georgia, strives to be a top tier location for businesses to locate and expand,” added Heath Schondelmayer, Chair of the Board for the Development Authority of Columbus. “State partnerships and a focus on workforce development make this possible. The success of one of Columbus, Georgia’s largest employers is a major win in our efforts to grow quality jobs and attract new private investment.”

Regional Project Manager Christy Bozeman represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce team in partnership with the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Power, and Georgia Quick Start.

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