Friday, June 20, 2014
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Pratt and Whitney leadership, employees, and state and local leaders early in the week officially dedicated the company's new engine center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The expansion of the Palm Beach County facility is designed to meet forecasted demands of the Next Generation Product Family of engines. The 97,000-square-foot facility will be responsible for the PW1100G-JM for the A320neo that offers dramatic reductions in noise, emissions and fuel burn. The facility will also be a second source for the F135 engine used in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. It was two years ago when the expansion of the facility was announced, an investment of more than $63 million. (Source: Pratt and Whitney, 06/19/14) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center. Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.