Rolls-Royce considering second factory in Prince George

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Rolls-Royce, a global power systems company, is considering building a 90,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility at its Crosspointe campus in Prince George County.

The facility, employing up to 140 workers, would be an advanced blade manufacturing plant involving high-precision turbine blades for aircraft engines.

The factory would the company’s second in Prince George. It would be located adjacent to the company’s jet engine disc manufacturing facility, which opened in May 2011.

Subject to a successful evaluation and final approval, Rolls-Royce anticipates groundbreaking on the new facility by the end of this year, with construction completed in 2013 and pre-production operation starting in 2014. A representative from Rolls-Royce could not be reached in time to comment on the process evaluation.

“Our vision for Crosspointe is to create a hub of advanced manufacturing innovation, one that is based on partnerships with major universities, government and business – partnerships critical to the future of American jobs and the economy,” said James M. Guyette, chairman, president and CEO, Rolls-Royce North America, in a statement.

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, a collaborative research center involving three universities and nine companies, is being built on a 20-acre site adjacent to Crosspointe.

Rolls-Royce is investing in the United States to help the company fulfill its $96 billion order book.

In picking the Crosspointe site four years ago, Rolls-Royce said it hoped eventually to employ 500 workers in a series of expansions on the campus that would exceed $500 million in investment.

The 180,000-square-foot jet engine disc manufacturing facility $170 million and will be staffed by approximately 150 workers.

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