Governor Bev Perdue announced on June 13 that United Technologies Corporation, a global leader in the research, development and manufacture of high-technology products, will expand its presence in Charlotte. The company plans to create 325 UTC jobs over the next five years and invest at least $4 million. The project was made possible in part by state grants from the Job Development Investment Grant and the One North Carolina Fund award. The N.C. Department of Commerce’s Rod Forsythe was the developer on this project.
United Technologies, one of the world’s largest and most successful companies, provides an array of products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries. Products include military and commercial helicopters, aircraft engines and aerospace systems, heating, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, fire and security systems, and elevators and escalators. UTC’s business units include Otis Elevator Co., Sikorsky Aircraft, Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand, and UTC Climate, Controls and Security, which includes Carrier Corp.
United Technologies currently employs more than 1,500 people in 13 separate sites throughout North Carolina. The company is in the process of acquiring Goodrich Corporation, a global aerospace manufacturer with corporate headquarters in Charlotte. After the completion of the acquisition, which is still subject to regulatory approval, the headquarters for United Technologies’ UTC Aerospace Systems business will be in Charlotte. UTC Aerospace Systems will be comprised of two segments. They are Aircraft Systems, which will focus on such products as propellers, landing gear, wheels and brakes; and Power, Controls and Sensing Systems, which will focus on such products as aircraft electric systems, engine components and fire protection systems. Each segment at the new Charlotte facility will include functions such as engineering, operations, supply chain, quality control, customer service, sales and business development. Read more.
United Technologies unit to create 325 jobs in Charlotte (Charlotte Business Journal, June 13)
UTC could get $19M from North Carolina for regional HQ (The Hartford Courant, June 14)