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Pratt & Whitney Unit Invests $10M in Texas Facility Upgrades

The facility repairs the "hot" sections of engines.

From left: Irene Makris, vice-president, Customer Service, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Stephen Santellana, May of Wichita Falls, and Leo Lane, President of the Wichita Falls Economic Development Corporation.
From left: Irene Makris, vice-president, Customer Service, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Stephen Santellana, May of Wichita Falls, and Leo Lane, President of the Wichita Falls Economic Development Corporation.
Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada, a business unit of Pratt & Whitney, today announced a $10 million investment to expand the capabilities of its Wichita Falls, Texas engine component repair facility, which is expected to create 30 new jobs.

As part of the investment, the company will modify its existing coatings line using an innovative application process.

The facility repairs the "hot" (combustion) sections of a variety of Pratt & Whitney Canada engines. As part of the repair process, certain engine parts, such as turbine blades, are given a special coating that protects against the high temperatures needed for these high-performance engines. The investment is to create a line that uses a newly developed coating technique.

"Since acquiring the current facility in 1997, Pratt & Whitney Canada has worked diligently to expand both the plant's capabilities and grow its workforce," said Leo Lane, Chairman of the Wichita Falls Economic Development Corporation. "It is initiatives like today's announcement that help us grow our aviation and aerospace sector, important for a city that is home to the Sheppard Airforce Base. We're also mindful that Pratt & Whitney is a major supplier to our military and conducts recruitment programs geared to helping our veterans find their next mission as Pratt & Whitney employees."

Construction will begin before mid-2023 and is expected to be completed by early 2025.

Pratt & Whitney Canada designs, builds and maintains engines. The company has produced more than 110,000 engines, and 66,000 engines are currently in operation throughout the world.

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