Canada. Pratt & Whitney Canada, a business unit of Pratt & Whitney, announces a $10 million investment to expand the capabilities of its engine component repair plant in Wichita Falls, Texas.
As part of the investment, the company will modify its existing coating line using an innovative application process.
"Our Wichita Falls plant will be the first of our plants to pioneer a new coating process that will significantly improve the durability and performance of our engines," said Irene Makris, Vice President of Customer Service, Pratt & Whitney Canada.
The facility repairs the "hot" (combustion) sections of a variety of Pratt & Whitney Canada engines. As part of the repair process, certain parts of the engine, such as turbine blades, receive a special coating that protects against the high temperatures needed for these high-performance engines.
The investment is to create a line that uses a newly developed coating technique.
Pratt & Whitney Canada designs, builds and maintains engines for a variety of missions and purposes, from general aviation enthusiasts to life-saving air rescue and medical operations.
"Since acquiring the current facility in 1997, Pratt & Whitney Canada has worked diligently to expand the plant's capabilities and grow its workforce," said Wichita Falls Economic Development Corporation President Leo Lane.
Construction will begin before mid-2023 and is expected to be completed by early 2025.