Wed, Sep 23, 2009
Work Transferring To Georgia, Asia
Pratt & Whitney will cut 1,000
jobs from its two Connecticut locations, as it transfers that work
to plants in Georgia, Singapore, and Japan.
The jet engine maker will beef up its operations in Columbus,
GA, along with the two Asian locations. The plant in
Cheshire, CT will be shuttered, and operations will be scaled back
at the East Hartford location despite an offer by state officials
in Connecticut of $100 million in incentives to prevent the job
losses. The Associated Press reports the move also comes after two
years of talks with the Machinists Union in Connecticut.
The cuts are about 9 percent of Pratt & Whitney's workforce.
Employment peaked in the 1960's, when the engine maker had over
20,000 employees. Company officials blame the downturn on a reduced
demand for jetliners, and the engines that power them.
Earlier this year, the company shed 200 salaried jobs, mostly
from East Hartford in June, and announced in August it would be
closing its Indianapolis plant.
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