Closing of Texas facility means more jobs for Ga.

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Associated Press

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 17 at 11:02 AM

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — The closing of a Pratt & Whitney engine repair and maintenance center in San Antonio, Texas, will bring jobs to the west Georgia city of Columbus within a year, company officials said.

Pratt & Whitney's Columbus Engine Center will pick up some of the work now being performed in Texas on F100 engines used in jets flown by the U.S. Air Force, officials said.

Company spokesman Matthew Bates did not break down how many jobs will be shifted to Columbus. The "Military Aftermarket Services Operation" in San Antonio has about 125 people on its payroll, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported (http://bit.ly/Zx9m3m ).

Pratt & Whitney said in a statement that the "primary facility" for the jet engine repairs and overhauls will be in Columbus.

Bates said the goal is to complete the transition within the next 12 months. He said the current employees in San Antonio will be able to apply for the jobs in Columbus and elsewhere.

The company said the relocation of the military-contracted work is aimed at becoming more efficient and reducing costs for itself and customers.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com

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