December 18, 2018

Pratt taps E. Granby manufacturers to expanded engine repair network

Photo | Contributed
Photo | Contributed
Pictured from left to right are Will Gaston, Pratt & Whitney; Heather Walton, Pratt & Whitney; Dennis McGrady, Tube Processing; Phil Rodger, MDS Coating Technologies; Timothy Scott, MB Aerospace; Michael Bean, FAG Aerospace (Schaeffler); Shoji Horiguchi, Horiguchi Engineering Co., Ltd; Jeffrey Whittaker, American Cladding Technologies; Joe Sylvestro, Pratt & Whitney; Mohan Irvathraya, Pratt & Whitney.

East Hartford jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney said it added five new repair suppliers to maintain its geared turbofan (GTF) engines, including two East Granby companies.

Pratt, a subsidiary of Farmington's United Technologies Corp., said its expanded global network now includes East Granby's American Cladding Technologies and MB Aerospace. Other companies include Indiana's Tube Processing Corp., Canada's MDS Coating Technologies Corp. and FAG Aerospace, a brand under the Schaeffler Group.

Since its 2016 market introduction, the GTF engine's airline customers have reduced their fuel burn by 16 percent, nitrogen oxide pollution by 50 percent and lowered the noise footprint by 75 percent, Pratt said in October.

Heather Walton, Pratt's senior director of aftermarket supply chain, on Monday said the engine "continues to revolutionize the aviation industry."

Pratt also expanded its GTF engine maintenance supplier chain in April, adding Bloomfield-based Turbine Controls, South Windsor's TWIN Manufacturing Co., Manchester-based AdChem Manufacturing Technologies Inc., Arizona's StandardAero and New Hampshire's Lewis & Saunders to the project.

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