Honeywell Aerospace expands in PR with Guaynabo facility
By John McPhaul
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia on Tuesday announced a new expansion of Honeywell Aerospace in Guaynabo.
“We celebrate that Honeywell Aerospace continues to grow in Puerto Rico, because in addition to its operations located in Moca and Aguadilla, there will now also be a new aerospace facility in Guaynabo,” the governor said at a press conference. “Last year, Honeywell Aerospace in Puerto Rico recruited more than 175 new employees and, as part of their ongoing operations on the island, they plan to create approximately 100 new opportunities in 2022.”
“In an interdependent global economy, Puerto Rico recognizes the aerospace industry as a key industry, due to its technological capacity, which is crucial in determining competitive advantage,” Pierluisi added. “The industry’s comparative advantage can bring together even more similar industries and foster economic development.”
“I thank the government of Puerto Rico for working with us so closely on this latest project and for their continued support over the years,” said Mike Madsen, president and CEO of Honeywell Aerospace. “We started in 2007 with 12 employees and now have 1,000 across the island whose hard work makes us proud. Honeywell’s world-class facilities in Aguadilla and Moca support everything from the production of aircraft jet engines to the latest high-tech advances in avionics. We conduct state-of-the-art design and testing for a wide variety of products at those facilities, where we have invested more than $4 million in capital projects over the past three years.”
“Our new Americas Aftermarket headquarters, led by Heath Patrick, and our top executives in that business, will be in Guaynabo,” Madsen continued. “This location will serve airlines and business aviation customers throughout the Americas. Our engineering teams will provide new value to our customers. We will turn customer feedback into product reliability teams to implement solutions more quickly.”
“This move will help us develop local Honeywell talent,” the Honeywell president and CEO pointed out. “Over the years, we have brought in hundreds of interns from all over Puerto Rico, and I am proud to say that more than 70 percent have become full-time employees. It is our priority to continue working with local universities and with industry groups to advance the local aerospace sector.”
Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC by its Spanish acronym) Secretary Manuel Cidre Miranda said the aerospace sector has provided knowledge opportunities to develop products for future generations.
“It can grow by developing our own quality products and global demand,” he said. “Puerto Ricans have the necessary talent to grow with the new generations. We support advanced manufacturing as a growth area, and the aerospace industry is well positioned to make it a reality. Our economy needs to change toward one of high value-added services, based on technology and innovation. This will allow our industries and economy to go to the next level.”
Cidre Miranda added that “the aerospace industry is a continuously growing sector that needs a professional workforce with up-to-date skills for a highly regulated market.”
“This creates new job opportunities for our engineers in various fields such as aviation and space,” he said. “And this industry employs many engineers from different disciplines, with higher salaries. This creates a secondary economy. The aerospace industry also offers opportunities for local companies that supply them with goods and services. This generates additional jobs.”
Honeywell Aerospace’s Moca facility is a state-of-the-art engineering design center and laboratory used to conduct research and development in the field of electromagnetic interference and compatibility, while the Aguadilla Service Center supports Honeywell’s operations and customers throughout the world.
Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found in virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft. The aerospace business unit builds aircraft engines, cabin and cockpit electronics, wireless connectivity systems, mechanical components and more. Its hardware and software solutions create more fuel-efficient aircraft, more direct and on-time flights, and safer skies and airports, the officials said.