United Technologies Corp. reached an agreement to purchase Goodrich Corp. for approximately $18 billion. Goodrich is a global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace and defense industries. Its products include aircraft landing gear, aircraft wheels and brakes. The company serves a global customer base with 27,000 employees worldwide. Goodrich is well positioned for future growth based on its increased content on leading new commercial and military aircraft. Hartford, Conn.-based United Technologies provides high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.