COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Tuesday, Feb. 14 that Pratt & Whitney, a designer, and manufacturer of service aircraft engines and auxiliary power units, will create more than 500 jobs and invest $386 million in expanding its Columbus facility over the next five years.
"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 Deal.
With the new expansion approximately 510 jobs will be created.
"It's a tremendous day for jobs and families in the Columbus area," said Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. "We've had a 33-year partnership with Pratt and Whitney, so it's been a relationship that's been a long time and developing. I think that helped us be competitive. Certainly this will be big, big news."
The newly created jobs will include positions in administration, supervisory and technical support, production and maintenance.
"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," Deal said.
Pratt and Whitney employs 34,000 individuals and supplies more than 11,000 customers worldwide. The company currently employs more than 1,200 associates at the Columbus facility.
"With today's announcement of new investment of $386 million and 500 new employees, Pratt & Whitney builds on its role as one of our region's largest and most important companies employing hundreds of our residents in well-paying jobs," said City of Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. "As importantly, we are committed to doing everything we can to keep them growing in our community for decades to come."
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Director of Existing Industry & Regional Recruitment Lindsay Martin and Project Manager Candice Scott represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with TCSG, Georgia Quick Start, the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Columbus Development Authority.
"The expansion of Pratt & Whitney further validates Georgia's position at the forefront of the aerospace industry," said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson.
Building construction will include a brand new 200,000 square foot facility. Other upgrades to equipment and machinery are also planned.
"It's truly a partnership of many different resources that made Columbus competitive and we beat out some cities across the nation, frankly beyond," Tomlinson said. "So this is a major job expansion for our area."
Besides the 500 additional new jobs and the new building, Pratt and Whitney will also be expanding their relationship with Columbus Technical College in order to provide new and existing employees with mechanic and aerospace trainings.
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