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Rolls-Royce to expand manufacturing operations in Prince George

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Rolls-Royce plans to build a second manufacturing plant in Prince George County, creating 140 new jobs.

The power systems company said today it will begin construction on a $136 million Advanced Airfoil Machining Facility at its 1,000-acre Crosspointe campus in Prince George.

The 90,000-square-foot plant, which would produce turbine blades and nozzle guide vanes for Rolls-Royce engines, will be located alongside its jet engine disc manufacturing facility, which opened in May 2011.

The Crosspointe campus also includes the recently opened 60,000-square-foot Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, a collaborative research facility focused on advanced manufacturing research and technology. Its members include three Virginia universities and a growing number of manufacturers.

“Rolls-Royce is making significant investments in the United States and around the world to ensure we have the capacity to deliver on our promises to customers,” James M. Guyette, the chairman, president and CEO of Reston-based Rolls-Royce North America. “With a mixture of manufacturing and research facilities, Crosspointe is a center of excellence for precision engineered, high-tech components. The expansion will help attract suppliers to Crosspointe, creating an advanced manufacturing hub in Prince George County and driving job creation.”

The components made at the new plant will be used in Rolls-Royce engines, including the Trent 900, Trent 1000 and Trent XWB engines, which are used in aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A380 and Airbus A350.

Plant construction is expected to be completed by the end of next year, with the first components being produced in late 2014.  In the United States, Rolls-Royce employs more than 7,700 people in 26 states. The company has 15 manufacturing, assembly or test facilities in nine states in addition to Virginia.

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