Oklahoma’s defense industry got a big shot in the arm with the announcement of a $255 million sustainment center by aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.
The company plans the center adjacent to Tinker Air Force Base where it already performs work for the Air Force. The new center, according to the announcement will be a hub for operations of all of its engines for the F-35, C-17, F-22, F-15, F-16, B-52 and E-3 AWACS.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt called it an exciting announcement for the state and its growing international dominance in the aerospace and defense industry.
“This $255 million investment in a world-class sustainment center helps strengthen Oklahoma’s position as the MRO capital (for maintenance, repair and overhaul) of the world, and I am thrilled for Pratt & Whitney to continue to invest and expand in our state,” he stated.
Pratt & Whitney already has about 450 employees at its Tinker Air Base operations but did not indicate how many more might be employed with the addition of the new center reported The Oklahoman.
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