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Pratt May Move CT Jobs To Japan

Mon, 09/14/2009 - 3:59am

September 14, 2009

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Pratt & Whitney says it's finished formal negotiations with the Machinists union but hasn't made a decision on the future of more than 1,000 employees in Connecticut.

In a statement released Sunday, the jet engine maker says it's evaluating the union's proposal and an offer from the state. The statement doesn't say when the company expects to make a decision.

Pratt & Whitney has said it may close its Cheshire engine repair plant and remove some work from its East Hartford operation. Jobs could be shifted to plants in Columbus, Ga., Singapore and Japan.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has offered $100 million worth of state incentives over five years that includes removing a limit on tax credits for parent company United Technologies and establishing a job retention tax credit. Both measures require approval by the General Assembly.

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