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UTC: Powering the Future of Connecticut Aerospace

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Wednesday, February 26, 2014

United Technologies Chairman and CEO Louis Chênevert and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced an agreement under which UTC will invest up to $500 million to upgrade and expand its aerospace research, development and manufacturing facilities over the next 5 years. During the same time period, the company expects to invest up to $4 billion in research and other capital expenditures in the state.

This agreement ensures that Connecticut will remain the center of UTC's aerospace research and development activities and the home of Pratt & Whitney's and Sikorsky's headquarters for years to come. Click here to read more about the agreement.

The agreement was announced at an event at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford. Pratt & Whitney President Paul Adams was among the speakers at the event. His prepared remarks appear below.

Paul Adams: Remarks as prepared for delivery

Thank you Louis. It is a honor to be here for such an exciting annoucement.

As Louis mentioned, Pratt & Whitney has a long history of innovation and engineering excellence here in Connecticut. It dates back to 1925 when our founder Frederick Rentschler set up shop on Capitol Avenue in Hartford.

The innovation pioneered by Fred Rentschler and his team was the air cooled radial engine – known as the Wasp.

At the time, aircraft engines were liquid cooled. Rentschler saw the future and soon the air cooled radial configuration became the standard for all aircraft engines across the world.

By eliminating the liquid cooling system, the Wasp engine demonstrated better power, lower weight and most importantly, better reliability than competing engines.

In total almost 35,000 Wasp engines were produced, and that was the beginning of Pratt & Whitney's legacy of innovation.

This legacy continued when Pratt pioneered the twin spool all axial turbine engine.

The J57 and JT3 engines powered the B52 Bomber and the Boeing 707 – the commercial jetliner that revolutionized air transportation.

Coincidentally, only a few years after Pan Am made history with the first commercial transatlantic jet service between New York and Paris in 1958, our current engineering building was built in 1962.

At this time, John Kennedy was president, the Rolling Stones made their debut and the Pratt & Whitney engineering team was working on the JT8D engine.

Engineering was quite different then. Digital computers were none existent, designers used drafting boards and complex calculations were done with slide rules and log tables.

Considering this month also marks the 50th anniversary that JT8D engine has been in continuous service – it is incredible what this company has accomplished.

Over the last 52 years, we have continued to innovate here at Pratt & Whitney…just some of the very many milestones in aviation history include:

  • • The first high bypass turbofan
  • • The first digital electric controls
  • • The first single crystal airfoil
  • • The first engine to achieve supersonic cruise
  • • The first jet engine to take off and land vertically and fly supersonic

All achieved here!

The common theme throughout this legacy, since the founding of Pratt & Whitney, is that we have developed here in Connecticut a culture of innovation and engineering excellence based on having absolutely brilliant and dedicated people focused on building the best, most dependable engines in the world.

Now I was an engineer, and I spent most of my career working in the Engineering Building.

When it was built in 1962, its architectural style was considered "modern" and its "modern" style appropriately was meant to reflect the world class technical team.

Today, most of our engineers would classify the style of the building as "post-Korean conflict chic."

Engineering has changed dramatically in the last 52 years.

Our engineers here continue to innovate and lead the industry.

Today we work on revolutionary products like the Joint Strike Fighter engines and the new Geared Turbofan family of engines, which have driven step change in fuel efficiency and noise and emissions levels.

We have an incredible legacy.

To continue this legacy we need to continue to invest and we need a new engineering and technology center that reflects the next generation products we are working on today and in the future.

This new building will help us recruit, develop and retain the most talented and brilliant people.

It will be a building dedicated to developing and creating the greatest engines in the world – all here in Connecticut!

I am so excited about this project, and I am so very excited to continue this incredible legacy. This project will be the cornerstone of transforming Pratt & Whitney's East Hartford campus for decades to come.

Of behalf of the great people who build the most dependable engines in the world, thank you Governor Malloy and thank you to all the people who have helped make this project happen - you too are now part of the great legacy of Pratt & Whitney.

Related Information:

Powering the Future of Connecticut Aerospace [PDF]