Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced today that it is establishing a world-class aerospace centre at Montreal-Mirabel International Airport for the final assembly and test of the new generation PW800 family of engines. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.
A total of $ 575.3 million will be invested in the Mirabel Aerospace Centre and Pratt & Whitney Canada´s other Quebec facilities over the next five years. This investment is expected to generate 565 jobs.
"The Government of Quebec´s decision to invest $ 141.9 million for infrastructure and equipment at Mirabel in support of P&WC´s overall investment reinforces its firm commitment to continued innovation and growth in the aerospace sector. I commend the Government of Quebec for its vision and leadership in propelling the high-value aerospace industry," said Alain M. Bellemare, president, P&WC, and executive vice president, Pratt & Whitney Group Strategy and Development.
At its new Mirabel Aerospace Centre, Pratt & Whitney Canada will conduct the final assembly and test of the PurePower™ PW810C, set to power the Cessna Citation Columbus large business jet. As announced in April 2008, the new facility will also be the global hub for Pratt & Whitney´s integrated flight test operations.
Construction is expected to start in the coming months on a 300,000-square-foot facility and will open in the fall of 2009. The P&WC Mirabel Aerospace Centre will include two bays for the company´s Boeing B747SP test aircraft to support flight testing for the complete range of Pratt & Whitney engines, from turboprops to turbofans.