Defense Company, 530 Jobs To Leave California

Pratt & Whitney AeroPower, a subdivision of the defense contractor that makes auxiliary power units and expendable turbojet engines for military aircraft, announced on Thursday that it would be moving its San Diego facility to Florida, Georgia or Texas, according to a report from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The facility employs 530 people, although it was not immediately clear whether the company would send some or all of the employees east.

Pratt & Whitney spokesman Ray Hernandez issued a statement explaining the move:

This decision, while a difficult one to make, is necessary to maintain our competitiveness in the market, further leverage Pratt & Whitney's network and best position the company for the future. The company realizes the impact this realignment will have on employees and we are committed to supporting those affected during this transition period.

According to the report, Pratt & Whitney had an operating profit of $1.6 billion in 2013, on revenues of $14.5 billion. The company has 31,500 employees, of which about 15,000 work in the United States. However, the company laid off 400 workers in August, including 200 at the company's corporate headquarters in Connecticut. Pratt & Whitney is reportedly struggling with the United States' decreased military presence in Afghanistan.

The defense contractor is just the latest in a long list of California companies fleeing the state. Late last month, Toyota announced it would move its operational headquarters and 5,300 jobs to Texas, and Hollywood film productions have all but abandoned the Golden State.

Photo: Reuters/David Loh


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