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Sen. Edwards Helps Secure Largest Economic Development Project in Western North Carolina

Pratt & Whitney investing $650m in Buncombe County aerospace manufacturing operations

Edwards: "This massive investment is a testament to western North Carolina's work ethic, skill, and ingenuity"

RALEIGH, N.C. – International aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is investing $650 million in a Buncombe County facility to manufacture jet engine parts and consolidate some worldwide operations.

The $650 million project will create 800 jobs at an average salary of $68,000 per year.

The massive investment is the largest in western North Carolina, and Sen. Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) spent the better part of the past year working to ensure the company chose his district.

Sen. Edwards said, "This type of advanced manufacturing investment represents the future of rural economies. Pratt & Whitney's decision to invest in Buncombe County is a testament to western North Carolina's work ethic, skill, and ingenuity, and hopefully, it's just the beginning. I spent the past year helping secure this deal, and I couldn't be happier for my community."

Sen. Edwards worked with the community college system, the Golden LEAF Foundation, local governments, private partners, and the N.C. Department of Transportation to ensure Pratt & Whitney did not choose a competing state for its major investment. The facility is already under construction, and the company expects to complete it by April 2022.