Rolls-Royce opens second engine test stand at Stennis
By Cassandra Favre
Oct 19, 2013, 01:15
"Team Rolls-Royce" stands proudly in front of the newest Rolls-Royce outdoor jet engine test stand, which officially opened with a ribbon cutting and ceremony on Wednesday.
Rolls-Royce North America, on Wednesday, officially opened its second outdoor jet engine test stand at the Rolls-Royce outdoor jet engine test facility at NASA John C. Stennis Space Center.
"Rolls Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, sea and air" Rolls-Royce Head of Communications Joel P. Reuter said. "The company has established a strong position in global civil, aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy markets."
According to officials, this is an investment of about $50 million and will create about 35 new jobs for Mississippians.
"What we're talking about here today is not the past," President and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America James Guyette said. "it's very much about the present, but more importantly about the future.
"This engine has flown on one test airplane, the A350. There are about 350 airplanes already ordered for this particular product."
"We're very pleased about that and the testing that's going on right now," Guyette said. "America can compete when we have the right kind of investment in infrastructure and education, we can make things happen.
Hancock County is directly connected to the global economy. This equipment flies all over the world and manufactured from sources everywhere on the planet.
"For the citizens here, that's important."
"The aerospace industry here in Mississippi is one of the fastest growing industries," Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Authority Brent Christensen said. "The Gulf Coast is home to some of the world's leading aerospace companies and is one of the premier aerospace corridors in the world.
"Today Rolls-Royce further strengthens its roots in Mississippi and our position in the global marketplace."
"This speaks volumes about Mississippi," Christensen said. "The first test facility here was the company's first outside the United Kingdom.
"Thank you Rolls-Royce team for creating these jobs for the residents of the Gulf Coast, this will have a strong and positive impact on the local and state economy."
Rolls-Royce also donated a Trent 1000 test engine to the INFINITY Science Center.
"The purpose of this donation is to excite visitors to the center in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) careers by showing them the marvels of modern aviation engines," Reuter said.
In 2007, Rolls-Royce North America first opened it's outdoor jet engine testing facility at Stennis Space Center.
The company employs over 150 people at this facility.
The Rolls-Royce Marine Propeller and Waterjet Foundry is housed in Pascagoula where it machines, manufactures, tests and repairs propellers for the US Navy and Coast Guard.
A defense regional field office is located at the Naval Air Station in Meridian.
For more information visit www.rolls-royce.com.