Pratt & Whitney has announced plans to invest $386 million in its Columbus, Georgia facility as part of plans to grow component production along with cost reductions for new and existing engine programs.
As part of the investment outlined on Tuesday (Feb. 14), the U.S. engine manufacturer will build two new buildings at the site, with one 200,000-square-foot facility earmarked for GTF engine overhaul and the other a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing plant for a new isothermal forge press producing manufacture turbine disks and compressor rotors for a number of Pratt engine types.
The rest of investment will finance automated machinery and equipment upgrades.
To drive skills at the site, where Pratt maintains commercial engines including the PW1100G-JM and V2500, it also confirmed it has expanded its relationship with nearby Columbus Technical College, which will offer prospective employees four- to nine-week programs focused on aerospace mechanics and advanced manufacturing technologies.
Chris Calio, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines, said: “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.”