Prince George County, VA - Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has begun construction at Crosspointe, its new aerospace facility in Prince George County, Virginia. Crosspointe is the first Rolls-Royce manufacturing facility built from-the-ground-up in the US. Located on over 1,000 acres, it is the largest Rolls-Royce site by area in North America with ample space to accommodate suppliers' and partners’ co-location in the future.
Initial Rolls-Royce investment in this site is $170 million. Over time, the company anticipates total investment of approximately $500 million in Virginia. The first phase of work will support roughly 140 jobs; the company expects future growth in Virginia to generate some 500 jobs in the coming years.
“Rolls-Royce is investing in America,” said James M. Guyette, President & CEO, Rolls-Royce North America. “This is a historic day for us as we begin construction on our first manufacturing facility built from-the-ground-up in the US. Crosspointe will be a flagship operation for Rolls-Royce, and the significant investment we are making here will enhance our competitiveness in global markets and position us for future growth.”
The Crosspointe campus will accommodate the Commonwealth Center of Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), a unique higher education partnership founded by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Rolls-Royce and other partners. The vision for CCAM is to become a world-class research facility delivering a step change in design and manufacturing technologies. In addition, the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS), a virtual research and technology center of excellence established by the same partners, creates a framework in which to tackle the technology challenges of today and tomorrow and is also closely linked to Crosspointe and CCAM and shares the same collaborative vision.
“This site would not be possible without the support of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Prince George County. We’re delighted to be bringing so many good, high-tech and advanced manufacturing jobs to the region and look forward to building on our presence in and partnership with Virginia,” continued Guyette.
“Today marks the beginning of an exciting future for Virginia,” said Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine. “In addition to the hundreds of quality jobs that Rolls-Royce will create in the short-term, this transformational project will bring international focus to Virginia’s aerospace industry and promises economic benefit to the Commonwealth for decades to come.”
The company marked the start of construction October 19 with a celebration on site, attended by the project’s founding partners:
* The Honorable Timothy M. Kaine, Governor of Virginia;
* Dr. Charles W. Steger, President, Virginia Tech;
* Leonard W. Sandridge, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, the University of Virginia;
* Henry Parker, Chairman, Prince George County Board of Supervisors; and
* James M. Guyette, President & CEO, Rolls-Royce North America Inc.
The celebration also showcased several Rolls-Royce products.
This first building at Crosspointe will be a 140,000 square foot disc manufacturing facility. Construction on this facility is expected to begin in late September or early October.
Company plans manufacturing, assembly, and test facility on more than 1,000 acres in Virginia.
Creating a UTC provides each party with mutual benefits through funding of fundamental, collaborative research to advance key aerospace technologies critical to Rolls-Royce.