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UTC Aerospace Systems expanding presence in P.R.

John Schmidt, global lead for Accenture's Aerospace & Defense practice shakes hands with Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García-Padilla during Wednesday's announcement.

John Schmidt, global lead for Accenture’s Aerospace & Defense practice shakes hands with Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García-Padilla during Wednesday’s announcement.

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., announced Wednesday it is expanding its presence in Puerto Rico over the next three years with the establishment of an operations and supply chain business services center.

The company is working with Accenture, a global professional services provider of industry and business process solutions for aerospace and defense organizations, which will bring decades of expertise to the center.

As part of the expanded capability, Accenture will hire, train and manage up to 150 new employees over the next three years, company executives said. The establishment of the center marks Accenture’s first service operation in Puerto Rico.

With more than 1,500 employees, UTC Aerospace Systems’ Santa Isabel campus has been in operation since 1992. Over the next three years the site will grow to accommodate the new center and business process service jobs.

“Standing up the Business Services Center will enable us to achieve a seamless support structure for our business units and customers. It will also contribute to the economic growth of our company and Puerto Rico,” said Héctor Ortíz, director of Puerto Rico Operations for UTC Aerospace Systems.

The primary mission of the center is to create a best-in-class, global support structure for operations and supply chain management. Accenture’s management of the employees and their processes allows UTC Aerospace Systems to focus on lean operations, productivity improvements and on time delivery.

“Accenture and United Technologies Corp. continue to build on their long standing collaboration and we are excited to support UTC Aerospace Systems in their new operations and supply chain business services center,” said John Schmidt, global lead for Accenture’s Aerospace & Defense practice.

“Accenture is committed to bring decades of experience to the center, tapping into the wealth of resident talent, and ultimately furthering operational performance for UTC Aerospace Systems,” he said. “We appreciate the opportunity to establish our first operations footprint in Puerto Rico and contribute to the community and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.”

The Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company has assisted UTC Aerospace Systems with the lease of an existing 11,000 square-foot building that sits adjacent to the Santa Isabel manufacturing facility and will serve as the footprint for the center.

PRIDCO will also assist both companies in meeting the necessary infrastructure, job creation and training requirements associated with the expansion.

UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries.  UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.

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