Pratt & Whitney Inaugurates Aerospace Engineering Center in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – Pratt & Whitney, which designs, manufactures and services aircraft engines and auxiliary power units, inaugurated Monday its Engineering Center in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
The announcement also included a $500,000 donation by Pratt & Whitney to the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Besides the executives from the manufacturer, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, representatives from the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Co. (Pridco) and executives from United Technologies Corp. (UTC), the building and aerospace company of which Pratt & Whitney is a division of, attended the event.
“With each inauguration and expansion we announce, we send the message that Puerto Rico has already on the right track; that more companies continue to trust our Island and our human resources; and that we are ready to receive more investors,” the governor said, adding, “we appreciate the commitment of this company with Puerto Rico and university education. Without a doubt, this donation will help continue to forge specialized professionals that will help the development of this industry.”
The renovated $14 million facility, made possible through a collaboration with Pridco, is 104,000 square feet and houses more than 800 Pratt & Whitney Puerto Rico employees with the capacity for 400 more, the company said in a release.
“The facility is on track for LEED Silver certification with multiple features designed with sustainability in mind. It also has an open-concept floorplan to support communication and collaboration,” it added.
Pratt & Whitney Puerto Rico Inc., formerly Infotech Aerospace Services Inc. (IAS), is an aerospace engineering center that designs, evaluates and supports Pratt & Whitney’s commercial and military gas turbine engines, including the Geared Turbofan engine. Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine “has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, to reduce NOx emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard and to lower the noise footprint by 75 percent,” the company said.
“We brought IAS into the Pratt & Whitney family because we recognized the tremendous potential the business offered us — in particular, the talented engineers and employees,” said Geoff Hunt, senior vice president of Engineering, Pratt & Whitney. “I want to thank PRIDCO for their support in making this beautifully renovated facility possible. This is something we can all come together to celebrate, especially in light of the devastation of Hurricane Maria.”
Since Hurricane Maria in September 2017, Pratt & Whitney employees around the world have been committed to relief efforts through a combination of financial contributions, donation events and volunteerism. Local employees have helped more than 600 families in eight towns by distributing food and personal items and by volunteering to repair damaged homes, the release said
Pratt & Whitney’s donation to the UPR is to fund an aerospace teaching laboratory designed to train mechanical and electrical engineers in propulsion design and development.
“This donation further strengthens our relationship with the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez,” said John Delametter, general manager, Pratt & Whitney Puerto Rico. “Many of our best engineers come from this university, and this new laboratory will help future engineers develop the skills necessary for them to be successful in the aerospace industry in Puerto Rico and beyond.”