Aerojet-General Corp., the
aerospace and defense segment of GenCorp Inc. , and Pratt & Whitney
(P&W), a unit of United Technologies Corp. , announced today their
intention to form a new space propulsion company.
Aerojet and P&W Space
Propulsion (SP) have signed a letter of intent, subject to execution of a
definitive agreement and government agreements and approvals.
A definitive
agreement is expected to be complete before the end of the calendar year.

Under the agreement currently being negotiated, Pratt & Whitney would have
the majority interest in the new company, which would operate out of P&W
P&W SP currently has facilities in California, Alabama and
Most of Aerojet’s propulsion programs would be acquired by the new
company in exchange for cash and a 20 percent equity interest in the new
Aerojet’s propulsion business, located in Sacramento, accounted for
approximately one-third of its 1999 revenues of $615 million.

“This proposed transaction is in accordance with our stated intent to
explore all possible alternatives to enhance shareholder value.
We have
maintained that the propulsion industry needs to consolidate in order to
reduce costs and become more efficient.
This has been an important strategic
priority for our corporation,” said Bob Wolfe, Chairman and CEO of GenCorp.
“This transaction, if completed, would enable us to focus in other defense
industries, including space electronics.
With the relocation of a number of
propulsion operations from Sacramento, we will accelerate utilization of the
valuable property assets we have in Sacramento, which offer tremendous
potential to contribute significantly to the economy of the region,” Wolfe

“Aerojet and Pratt & Whitney make an excellent fit, both experts in the
propulsion industry.
The new company would combine the distinctive products,
capabilities and technologies of each to provide significant improvements to
customers,” said Carl Fischer, President of Aerojet.

If the agreement is completed, Aerojet would continue to operate some
propulsion programs in Sacramento that would not be acquired by the new
company, and would complete the environmental remediation of the Sacramento
The final agreement is contingent on continuation of Aerojet’s existing
agreement with the U.S. Government concerning the allowability of
environmental remediation costs at its Sacramento facility.

The transaction would not affect GenCorp’s rapidly growing Aerojet Fine
Chemicals business.

Aerojet is a world-class supplier in the aerospace and defense industry.
In addition to missile and space propulsion systems, Aerojet serves the space
electronics, and smart munitions and armaments segments of the aerospace and
defense industry.
Aerojet has about 3,000 employees.
There are
1,600 employees located in Sacramento; 1,200 of those work for the space
propulsion business.

P&W SP builds propulsion systems for liquid rockets and hypersonic
propulsion systems in West Palm Beach, Fla. and solid rocket propulsion
systems in San Jose, Calif.
P&W SP employs about 1,300 people.
P&W is a unit
of United Technologies Corporation, located in Hartford, Conn.

United Technologies Corporation, based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides
a broad range of high technology products and support services to the building
systems and aerospace industries.
Those products include Pratt & Whitney
aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines;
Carrier heating, air conditioning and refrigeration; Otis elevator, escalator
and people movers; Hamilton Sundstrand aerospace and industrial products;
Sikorsky helicopters and International Fuel Cells power systems.

GenCorp is a technology-based manufacturer with leading positions in
aerospace and defense, pharmaceutical fine chemicals and the automotive

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This release contains forward-looking statements as defined under
securities laws, including statements about formation of the company and the
ability of future business operations to become more efficient, lower costs
and improve capabilities. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and
uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from the statements.
These include risks and uncertainties connected with negotiation and creation
of a new company and those inherent in restructuring operations to realize
opportunities for improved efficiency, cost saving and improved capabilities.