North Berwick Jet Pull Teams Raise Awareness for Multiple Sclerosis

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2014 marks Pratt & Whitney North Berwick's tenth year participating in the Portland International Jetport's Plane Pull, a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis foundation. Portland's annual plane pull is a unique event, supported in large part by FedEx. FedEx parks its Boeing 757 airplane on the tarmac; teams of 25 are then tasked to pull this more than 72-ton plane a distance of 12 feet in the fastest possible time, using a rope and attached tow bar.

Over the past 10 years North Berwick teams have placed first five times, second three times and fourth once. The 2014 Pratt & Whitney team stole the show, not only taking first place, but setting an all-time event record of a 4.29-second pull.

"What can I say, we don't like second place," said Max Pelkey, NDT inspector and Pratt & Whitney team captain. "We are Pratt & Whitney, and we lead from the front!"

Recognizing the contributions and employee engagement that makes this event successful, the North Berwick Engineering group also sponsored a team for the 2014 Plane Pull. This first-year team gave a tremendous effort, raising $1,150. Officially the Engineering team had 16 members; however Pratt & Whitney's original team stepped in to lend a hand, making the North Berwick Engineering team a complete 25-man team. Thanks to this combined effort, the first ever North Berwick Engineering team earned a fourth-place finish.

"At first it was just an afterthought and maybe some chuckles about how us desk job engineers could compete with the huge shop guys," said Ryan Hanc, Engineering team captain. "When the new year came we decided to give it a try. I'm hopeful next year we'll be able to field a full team from our Engineering staff; It really was a great time."

Company pride from every team member on both teams was evident as they worked together to show what Pratt & Whitney teamwork means.

"My experience has been nothing but positive. The Jet Pull is a great team building event, bringing a diverse group of employee's together for a common goal," said Hai Nguyen, Pratt & Whitney cell leader and pull team member since 2010. "The energy and camaraderie on this team and all the teams that participate is amazing."

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