Pratt & Whitney Celebrates 25 Years in Georgia
Pratt & Whitney’s aerospace presence in Georgia, which includes the Columbus Engine Center, Georgia Forging Business and Precision Components International, recently celebrated 25 years of successful operations. The first operation in the state was the Georgia Forging Business, which provides engine disks and seals using a patented isothermal forging process based on powder metallurgy and super-plastic forming technology. Today, every Pratt & Whitney engine relies on isothermal forgings. In 1994, the airfoil business was split to form a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and the Wertheimer Group called Precision Components International (PCI). PCI initially manufactured primarily aerospace components. In the past five years, it has diversified into the power-generation, medical and golf industries. The Columbus Engine Center was established in 1996 to overhaul JT8D engines. It transitioned to V2500 engine overhaul in 2002.