A Pratt & Whitney Canada Aerospace Centre officially began operations in Mirabel on May 6. A $360 million investment will enable the Centre to employ 300 people by 2016 and contribute to making the Mirabel region a truly world class aerospace hub.
The Mirabel Aerospace Centre is part of the series of investments totalling over one billion dollars that was announced by Pratt & Whitney Canada in Québec in 2008. In the coming years, these projects will lead to creating and sustaining more than 1,000 quality jobs in the greater Montréal area, Mirabel and the Longueuil area. The Québec government supported the company’s investments by providing $250 million in financing.
“The inauguration of the Pratt & Whitney Canada Aerospace Centre in Mirabel unquestionably consolidates Québec’s position as a leader in the aerospace sector. This is a strategic industry for our economy and we are fortunate in Québec to be home to such global giants in this highly competitive sector. Our government supports businesses that contribute to the creation of wealth and prosperity in Québec,” said Premier Jean Charest, who attended the Centre’s official opening.
The Pratt & Whitney Canada Aerospace Centre in Mirabel will assemble and test the PurePower® PW1524G engine for the Bombardier CSeries aircraft and the PurePower® PW800 family of engines for the next generation of business jets. The project’s first phase was launched last October with the establishment of a flight centre that required the acquisition and transformation of two 747 aircraft into flying test beds as well as the construction and outfitting of a hangar in Mirabel.