Rolls-Royce building $136-million engine parts facility in Virginia
by CanadianManufacturing.com Staff
Rolls-Royce's 90,0000-square-ft Advanced Airfoil Machining Facility (AAMF) will produce turbine blades and nozzle guide vanes.
PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va.—Aerospace engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce is building a $136-million advanced manufacturing facility at its 1,000-acre Rolls-Royce Crosspointe manufacturing campus in Virginia.
The company says its Advanced Airfoil Machining Facility (AAMF) will create 140 new, highly skilled jobs.
“With a mixture of manufacturing and research facilities, Crosspointe is a center of excellence for precision engineered, high tech components,” says James M. Guyette, Chairman, President and CEO, Rolls-Royce North America.
“The expansion will help attract suppliers to Crosspointe, creating an advanced manufacturing hub in Prince George County and driving job creation.”
The 90,0000-square-ft AAMF will produce turbine blades and nozzle guide vanes for Rolls-Royce engines, including the Trent 900, Trent 1000 and Trent XWB.
These aero engines power some of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A380 and Airbus A350. Construction is expected to be completed on the new AAMF facility by the end of 2013, with the first components produced in late 2014.
Rolls-Royce Crosspointe is the Group’s largest and newest advanced manufacturing and research campus in North America. Its Rotatives facility located at the campus is produces discs for the group’s advanced civil aerospace engines.
The Crosspointe campus also includes the newly-opened 60,000 square foot facility for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, a collaboration of government, university and cross-industry business partners focused on breakthrough developments in advanced manufacturing research and technology in America.
Rolls Royce posted 2011 revenue of $18.1 billion with an announced order book of $96.2 billion. In North America the company employs 9,300 people in 66 locations in 26 states and six Canadian provinces.