Honeywell Aerospace expands Puerto Rico operations

SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Thursday that Honeywell Aerospace will expand its testing capabilities at its research and technology facilities in Moca, Puerto Rico.

As a result of the expansion, 50 people will be hired for engineering and technology positions, as well as other support areas. Honeywell Aerospace Puerto Rico has two facilities, in the municipalities of Aguadilla and Moca, and employs more than 850 professionals.

The governor emphasized that the expansion will attract new businesses in addition to creating jobs. (Courtesy photo)

“With a $2 million investment, Honeywell Aerospace will expand the capacity of its installations and its workforce in Moca, which will help bring new businesses to Puerto Rico and result in new jobs in addition to the ones announced today,” the governor said.

The Aguadilla Service Center provides support to Honeywell’s operations and clients around the world. Meanwhile, the Moca facility is a cutting-edge engineering design center and laboratory used to carry out research and development work in the field of electromagnetic interference and compatibility.

Honeywell Aerospace products and services are used by numerous commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer.

According to the company, its aerospace business unit develops solutions for “more fuel-efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity services, logistics, and more.”

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The announcement came about following a collaboration between Economic Development Secretary Manuel Laboy and Luis Ramos, the director of engineering for Honeywell Aerospace Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico Research & Technology Center (PRR&TC) site leader.

Rosselló added that “the service expansion of a world-renowned company such as this one proves that Puerto Rico is open for business. This government continues to fulfill its programmatic commitments focused on the development of technology and innovation, as well as job creation.”

Meanwhile, Laboy said that “the governor, as well as the Economic Development & Commerce Department, are committed to continuing to strengthen the economy by through the creation of professional jobs in businesses with great potential for expansion.”

For his part, Director Ramos said that “with today’s announcement, Honeywell Aerospace Puerto Rico reaffirms its commitment to the growth of its test engineering capabilities here on the island.”

“This announcement, together with the inauguration of an electromagnetic interference test chamber at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and the donation of safety equipment during the Hurricane Maria recovery efforts, reaffirms Honeywell’s commitment to our employees, the communities where we live and work, and the continuous development of the best aerospace products for our global aviation customers,” Ramos added.

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Honeywell Inaugurates Research & Tech Center in Moca

SAN JUAN — With a more than $40 million investment, Honeywell inaugurated Tuesday its new Research & Technology Center in Moca, as Puerto Rico continues to bet on the development of an aerospace industry cluster centered on the island’s northwest region.

“The development of the aerospace industry in Puerto Rico has been one of my administration’s main economic development goals, and today Honeywell is part of this achievement,” said Gov. Alejandro García Padilla, who participated in the opening ceremony, along with Honeywell Aerospace’s CEO & president, Tim Mahoney.

The company joins Lufthansa Technik at the forefront of government efforts to generate new research & development opportunities, investment, infrastructure and high-paying jobs within the aerospace industry, according to a statement released by La Fortaleza. Honeywell’s new, high-tech lab is expected to create about 330 new jobs, and would work closely with local universities to develop local talent within this industry.

The 69,000-square-foot facility, which belongs to the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Co.,  will house testing of the effects of electromagnetic induction, radiation, rays and environmental changes on commercial, military and space equipment used in the aerospace industry.

With the recent expansion of Honeywell and Lufthansa’s operations on the island, “Puerto Rico takes a leading position, becoming a key player in the Western Hemisphere,” García Padilla said. “The establishment of these companies in Puerto Rico paves the way for the commonwealth to insert itself as an important participant in the global economy.”

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Gov. Alejandro García Padilla speaks at the inauguration of Honeywell Aerospace’s new Research & Technology Center in Moca.