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Pratt & Whitney Canada to Invest in Wichita Falls, Texas, Component Repair Facility
Jul 15, 2009 - 12:00 PM
WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS--(Marketwire - July 15, 2009) - Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) Aerospace Component Services (ACS) in Wichita Falls, Texas, will invest about $1 million US in state-of-the-art equipment that will position the facility for growth. The capital investment includes a $450,000 contribution from the City of Wichita Falls. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.
The Wichita Falls facility provides complete restoration of super-alloy components as well as section replacements and protective coating applications for a wide range of gas turbine components. P&WC ACS will use the investment to acquire an advanced water jet stripping machine that will significantly increase its ability to clean gas turbine components, including PW100 engine combustion liners used on regional aircraft, prior to repair.
"This new equipment, which uses robotics and highly pressurized water to remove a wide variety of coatings from turbine components, will enable us to better serve our customers while improving our cost competitiveness," said Robert Kirsch, General Manager of the Wichita Falls facility. "It will improve turnaround times, eliminate hazardous by-products from the coating stripping process, and position us for future growth into other product lines that require water jet stripping. We are grateful to the City of Wichita Falls for its support."
Wichita Falls Board of Commerce and Industry President Tim Chase said, "With this contribution, the city is fully playing its role by helping local companies sustain their operations during volatile economic periods. Our investment in P&WC ACS also promises to open the door to new opportunities that could lead to growth in the future and benefits for our community."
Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Quebec, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines powering business, general aviation and regional aircraft and helicopters. The company also manufactures auxiliary power units and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., USA, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.