Pratt & Whitney will invest about US$650 million until 2027 for a turbine airfoil production facility in Asheville, North Carolina.
The 1,000,000-square-foot facility will house an advanced casting foundry for the production of turbine airfoils, including machining, coating and finishing onsite.
“Turbine airfoils are a critical component across our engine portfolio and demand will increase significantly as the market recovers over the next several years,” said Chris Calio, president of Pratt & Whitney. ” We need to invest today to ensure that we have the infrastructure, production capabilities and workforce in place to meet future market demand and provide the best products to our customers worldwide.”
According to the company, the facility will implement technologies and processes using industry 4.0 manufacturing principles and will complement the same turbine airfoil work done across other facilities. More than 800 new jobs are expected through 2027 for the people of Buncombe County.
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