Pratt & Whitney is adding space at its already large campus on Macon Road in Columbus, but the Connecticut-based company is being cryptic about the intended purpose.
“Pratt & Whitney is constantly reviewing its global footprint and takes necessary actions to ensure its footprint is appropriate in response to business requirements and ongoing customer needs,” the company said through an email statement from communications manager Robin Salisbury. “We do not speculate on future business actions.”
That was the response on several questions, including if the Columbus operation was adding new business or growing existing production lines, the timeline for completion of the new construction, and if any new jobs are being created.
The new construction actually is a drop in the bucket for Pratt & Whitney’s Columbus facilities on Macon Road, which encompass 770,000 square feet. It equates to just under 2 percent of the existing footprint.
The company also opened a 105,620-square-foot satellite facility about 18 months ago in Muscogee Technology Park, across Macon Road from the longtime Pratt & Whitney property. The company located a F100 engine overhaul facility there after a decision to exit space in San Antonio, Texas, shifting about 45 jobs to Columbus with expectations to add more. That line of business is U.S. fighter jet engines.