Rolls-Royce, the global power systems manufacturer and second-largest manufacturer of aircraft engines, has announced it will invest $136 million to develop an Advanced Airfoil Machining Facility (AAMF) in Virginia, Area Development Online reports. The 90,000-square-foot facility is projected to create 140 Prince George County, Va., jobs.
The facility will be constructed at the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe, a 1,000-acre company campus south of Richmond that is already home for a rotatives manufacturing facility. The AAMF facility will primarily produce turbine blades and nozzle guide vanes for Rolls-Royce engines like the Treny 900, Trent 1000 and Trent XWB. Rolls-Royce expects to complete the facility by the end of 2013 and begin shipping components by late 2014.
“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, chairman, president and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America, said in a statement. “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 company already employs more than 7,700 people across 26 states in the U.S., in manufacturing and test facilities in California, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington.