THE ASSEMBLY LINES INSIDE PRATT & WHITNEY'S ENGINE FACILITY IN Middletown, Conn., seem unhurried and rather subdued when we arrive. It's Tuesday, nearly 5 p.m., and, aside from two men working in the near distance, there isn't much activity amid the initial workstations. "Looks like they knew we were coming," a fellow tour member says. Of course this isn't your typical grease and sweat shop. Around 3,000 employees keep busy on Pratt's 1,000-acre site. They work in shifts around the ...

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