Aerospace company Pratt & Whitney is relocating work to Columbus, Ga., and is projected to add 45 jobs in Columbus initially, with more possible as they progress, TV station WRBL reports
The company will fill a speculative building in Muscogee Technology Park to service fighter jet engines.
The 105,620ft2 facility is projected to open in early 2014.
Earlier this month, Pratt & Whitney announced another round of layoffs
, shedding 400 employees company-wide, including 200 jobs in Middletown and East Hartford, Conn.
Uncertainty with after-market sales, reduced military defense spending, and the decline in legacy engine sales all contributed to job cuts, according to Ray Hernandez, manager of the company’s external communications.
This is the third time in little over a year that Pratt has eliminated workers. In January, roughly 200 salaried employees at Pratt in Middletown and East Hartford were let go and 300 jobs were lost in May 2012 as part of a cost-saving effort, with 200 coming from Connecticut.
That leaves about 9,000 Pratt employees in the state and 32,000 company-wide, Hernandez says.