Pratt & Whitney Canada launched the second phase of a $45 million investment program designed to increase the long-term competitiveness of its Halifax facility. The company will transform it into a world-class, high-technology assembly and test aerospace centre. Since 2006, P&WC has invested $21 million in its Halifax facility to install state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and to begin sub-assembly of engine components. P&WC will now build a modern engine assembly line and test cell at the facility for an additional investment of $24 million. Starting in the fall of 2009, the new engine centre will have the capability of assembling and testing small to medium-sized turbofan engines. These engines embody the latest materials, fuel efficiency and environmental technologies available.
The new assembly and test line will require advanced training for about 60 employees and create up to 25 new positions in Halifax. The facility currently employs about 360 full time P&WC employees.