November 13, 2017

Pratt's new engineering center opens

PHOTO | Pratt & Whitney
PHOTO | Pratt & Whitney
Pratt & Whitney's new Engineering and Technology Center in East Hartford.

East Hartford aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has formally opened its new Engineering and Technology Center, which will house up to 1,750 employees.

Pratt, a division of Farmington-based United Technologies Corp., unveiled the center at a grand opening ceremony Nov. 11 attended by company President Robert Leduc, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and Congressmen John Larson and Joe Courtney.

Leduc called the property the "nerve center" for Pratt's "continued excellence and global leadership in the design of the finest commercial and military engines in the world."

The new, 425,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building was made possible in 2014, when UTC and the state of Connecticut announced an agreement (the Connecticut Aerospace Reinvestment Act – CARA) under which UTC invests up to $500 million to upgrade and expand its aerospace research, development and manufacturing facilities over the next five years. This facility is the centerpiece of that agreement, Leduc said.

Leduc thanked Malloy for making it possible, through the pact with the state, "to keep these highly skilled, well-paying, critically important engineering and manufacturing jobs in Connecticut – where they belong – for the long-term."

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