U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, D-1st District, said today that he has been assured by David Hess, the president of Pratt & Whitney, that the jet-engine manufacturer is staying in Connecticut, despite public complaints by its parent, United Technologies Corp., about the cost of doing business in the state.

“I am pleased to hear Pratt & Whitney are committed to staying in East Hartford and Middletown. As the son of a former Pratt employee and as lifelong resident of East Hartford, I understand the company’s importance to our state’s economy,” Larson said. “I will continue to work with President Hess, Pratt & Whitney, and United Technologies to ensure that highly-skilled jobs remain in the state.”

Pratt issued a statement later Thursday that suggested its commitment rests on competitiveness:

“Pratt & Whitney expects to maintain a significant presence in Connecticut. To do this we must remain competitive, react to dynamic market conditions and position our company for long-term success. And we know that with the great support we get from the Connecticut Congressional delegation we will achieve that success.”

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has invited UTC’s chairman, Louis Chenevert, to meet with her and legislative leaders about his concerns.

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