Industry Headlines

U.Va. Helps Break Ground on Rolls-Royce Aerospace Facility

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA-Crosspointe, home to a higher education partnership founded by the University of Virginia (U.Va.), Virginia Tech, the commonwealth of Virginia, Rolls-Royce Plc and others, has begun construction in Prince George County.

At more than 1,000 acres, Crosspointe is the largest Rolls-Royce site-by area-in North America and the company's first manufacturing facility built from the ground up in the U.S.

It will house the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), a partnership founded by the state, U.Va., Virginia Tech, Rolls-Royce and other partners. The vision for CCAM is to become a world-class research facility delivering improved aerospace design and manufacturing technologies.

About 200 people attended the groundbreaking on Monday. Governor Timothy M. Kaine called the start of construction good news in challenging economic times, according to a report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

"This investment means a lot of things," Kaine said. "For those who wonder about whether manufacturing in the United States is dead or being off-shored, this is a strong investment on the ground to say, 'No, manufacturing is not only alive, manufacturing is thriving with innovation and technology and educational partnerships.'"

Leonard W. Sandridge, U.Va.'s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the groundbreaking, three years in the making, is an important milestone.

"It recognizes the hard work and cooperation that have produced a mutually beneficial public/private partnership that can make Virginia a national leader in engineering education, advanced manufacturing and the aerospace industry," he said Monday.

Rolls-Royce, a British company with its North American headquarters in Reston, Va., initially is planning to invest $170 million and hire 140 people at the plant. The investment and hiring eventually could grow to $500 million and 500 jobs. So far, about 60 acres have been cleared at the site, and the company said it now has about 60 employees in Virginia working on the project.

The factory is expected to be up and running by early 2011, company officials said.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Quality Magazine. 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Podcasts

Karen Spencer, Clinkenbeard's quality manager, discusses what makes the plant stand out, advice for other plants, and looks to the future.
More Podcasts

Quality Magazine

CoverImage

2015 May

The May 2015 edition of Quality Magazine includes articles on cloud technologies, depth gages, ISO 9001, digital inspection and cool new products.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Topics to Talk About

What topics would you like to see Quality cover more?
View Results Poll Archive

Clear Seas Research

qcast_ClearSeas_logo.gifWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook2015_40 twitter_40px.png  youtube_40px.pnglinkedin_40px.png  GooglePlus_40

eNewsletters