The new Pratt & Whitney F100 engine overhaul facility in Columbus has opened. The 105,000 square foot facility services engines that power F-16 and F-15 fighter aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force and international military customers. Construction on the facility began back in July.
"To remain competitive and realize efficiencies, it made sense to take advantage of the engine services infrastructure we already have here in Columbus," said Tom Bode, Columbus Engine Center general manager. "This expansion is a strategic investment for our company and will be critical to our success in the future by allowing us to centralize much of our commercial and military engine aftermarket, repair and overhaul work."
Officials from the City of Columbus, Development Authority of Columbus, Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and site developer Western Devcon were on hand to commemorate the new facility's opening.
"Pratt & Whitney has had a presence in Columbus for the past 17 years, and it is gratifying to see the meaningful work they bring to our community and local economy," Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said. "By opening this new facility, Pratt & Whitney has shown they recognize the strength of our local workforce and the value Columbus provides to its growing business."
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