Pratt & Whitney to Cut Jobs

By: Patrick Claybon Email
By: Patrick Claybon Email
Jet engine maker cuts 55 jobs

A passenger aircraft waits on a taxiway as another takes off from a farther runway at Newark Liberty International Airport, Friday, June 27, 2008, in Newark, N.J. At Newark Liberty International Airport, where three runways intersect at the northeast corner of the airport, planes often have to be sent around when two of them approach intersecting runways at the same time. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Pratt & Whitney has cut 55 jobs at its jet
engine and repair business, the Columbus Engine Center.

Jennifer Whitlow, spokeswoman for the Connecticut-based aircraft
engine company, said Monday that the company "is actively engaged
in several initiatives to improve productivity, streamline processes and reduce costs in order to remain competitive in the current environment."

She said the reductions in the Columbus Engine Center workforce
are a result of a reduction in the volume of engine overhauls.

Earlier this year, the company conducted a voluntary separation
program for workers at least age 60 with 10 years of continuous service.

It is restricting its hiring to what it considers critical positions. The Columbus Engine Center is one of three companies at its 770,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space in the west Georgia city.

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