Pratt & Whitney facility lauded by Georgia Department of Economic Development

Pratt & Whitney´s facility in Columbus, GA was named Large Manufacturer of the Year by the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Technical College System of Georgia, celebrating the investment and growth in jobs and production by Pratt & Whitney over the last several years, the company said.

The Columbus facility employs nearly 2,000 workers and includes the Columbus Engine Center, responsible for engine overhauls, and Columbus Forge, which provides forged jet engine parts and is home to the company´s new global Forging Center of Excellence. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

Pratt & Whitney is investing more than USD 450 million to grow its Columbus, Georgia, facility and to create more than 500 new jobs as part of its ramp in production to meet the growing needs of its Geared Turbofan engine and F-135 production lines.

It has collaborated with Georgia Quick Start to refurbish a Columbus Technical College facility in order to provide world-class advanced technical training designed specifically for Columbus Forge and the Columbus Engine Center. As the facilities have grown, so too have Pratt & Whitney´s efforts to support the community, donating more than USD 500,000 annually to support activities like STEM labs for local schools as well as scholarship and internship programs.

Pratt & Whitney is a world provider of the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit its website at, or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.