NORDAM, one of the world’s largest independently owned aerospace companies, recently announced the largest contract in the company’s 45-year history. The agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada will bring 300 new jobs to Tulsa, Okla.
Under the contract, signed in 2010, NORDAM will design, engineer, develop and manufacture the inlet, nacelle and thrust reverser – and provide propulsion system build-up – for Pratt & Whitney Canada’s new PurePower® PW814GA and PW815GA engines to be used on the Gulfstream G500 & G600 aircraft. These will be the latest generation aircraft from Gulfstream, a world-renowned manufacturer of premium business jets since 1958.
“This business-jet size product is also the largest IPPS (integrated powerplant system) and thrust reverser NORDAM has ever built, and we are proud that Pratt & Whitney Canada trusted our technological capability to build a product that will serve two aircraft platforms over an expected period of more than 25 years,” NORDAM CEO Meredith Siegfried said.
“After four years in development, we’re delighted to announce this opportunity to support our long-time customer Pratt & Whitney Canada,” Siegfried added. “This integrated powerplant system has the potential to span across other large-cabin, long range business jets – a market that’s proven its economic resilience and has a promising outlook for future growth. When the program is in full production, we will have added approximately 300 new jobs to Tulsa.”
The 300 new jobs will be in place by 2020 and include a number of positions, including engineers, logistics professionals and quality inspectors. Salaries for the new jobs will range from $40,000 to more than $100,000.
“NORDAM’s consistent success is a reflection on Oklahoma’s pro-business climate and our ability as a state to provide a highly skilled workforce able to meet the challenges of the ever-evolving aerospace industry,” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said in a statement. “My congratulations go out to Meredith Siegfried, her management team, and all NORDAM employees for their continued success in Oklahoma.”