EAST HARTFORD - Pratt & Whitney held a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony Saturday for a new Engineering and Technology Center.
The 425,000-square-foot space will be able to accommodate up to 1,750 Pratt & Whitney employees and serve as the headquarters for the design of the company’s PurePower and F135 aircraft engines.
“We are attracting top engineering talent who will keep Pratt & Whitney on the leading edge of aviation technology for decades to come, and allow us to continue delivering the highest quality product for our commercial and military customers,” Robert Leduc, president of Pratt & Whitney, said.
Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of Farmington-based United Technologies, built the Engineering and Technology Center through collaboration with the state through the 2014 Connecticut Aerospace Reinvestment Act.
Under the act UTC will invest up to $500 million to upgrade and expand its aerospace research, development and manufacturing facilities over the next five years.
In addition to Leduc, Gov. Dannel Malloy, U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, also attended the opening ceremony.
“I want to thank Governor Malloy for having the foresight three years ago to partner with UTC in creating the Connecticut Aerospace Reinvestment Act, which allows us to keep these highly skilled, well-playing, critically important engineering and manufacturing jobs in Connecticut - where they belong - for the long-term,” Leduc said.
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