Pratt & Whitney invests in North American engine overhaul facility

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE: UTX), has made a USD65 million investment in its engine overhaul facility in Columbus, Georgia, to perform maintenance on PurePower geared turbofan (GTF) engines, the company said.

The Columbus Engine Center is the first facility to begin maintaining PW1000G engines. It will maintain PW1100G-JM and PW1500G engines, in addition to V2500, PW2000, F117 and F100 engines.

The center´s new GTF engine facilities will include disassembly, inspection, assembly and test capability. Construction is expected to start this year on a new test facility adjacent to the existing test cell. In addition to the USD65 million investment, Pratt & Whitney has been investing in upgrading this facility over the past several years, including adding GTF engine MRO capabilities.

Pratt & Whitney designs, manufactures and services 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.