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Rolls-Royce to Build $42 Million Manufacturing Facility in Indianapolis

03/08/2012
Rolls-Royce will invest $42 million on a 81,500-square-foot manufacturing facility at an industrial complex adjacent to Indianapolis International Airport to manufacture components for its advanced aircraft engines.

The facility is expected to create more than 100 new jobs by the time the plant is fully operational in 2014.

"In the U.S., we've done an extraordinary job of lowering our costs, increasing our competitiveness and demonstrating technological leadership in our industry. The investments we're making in America will ensure we continue to deliver excellence to our customers. Rolls-Royce continues to invest in America because it's an environment that allows us to be globally competitive," said James M. Guyette, chairman, president and CEO Rolls-Royce North America. "In the U.S., we've done an extraordinary job of lowering our costs, increasing our competitiveness and demonstrating technological leadership in our industry. The investments we're making in America will ensure we continue to deliver excellence to our customers."

Among incentives, Indianapolis is providing a $23 million in tax abatement and the United Auto Workers approved a labor agreement that will reduce manufacturing costs.

The engine components, known as Compressor Banded Stators, will be the cleanest, quietest and lightest engines made by Rolls-Royce, a company spokesman said. The new facility will also produce components for other Rolls-Royce Trent and turboprop engines. These components will be shipped to Rolls-Royce facilities in North America and globally, where they will be assembled into engines.

Indianapolis is home to 4,500 employees, 1,500 of which are engineers. The new Compressor Banded Stators facility in Indianapolis is the latest in a recent series of investments. Rolls-Royce spends an average of $20 million each year in manufacturing and capital improvements in its Indianapolis operations, a company spokesman said.

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