Rolls-Royce North America CEO: “America Can Compete.”

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

James M. Guyette, chairman, president and CEO, Rolls-Royce North America, today spoke about America’s competitiveness at a White House forum held to examine the increasing trend of companies investing in the United States. “Rolls-Royce has called America home for more than 100 years. Recently, we’ve made major investments in the United States in Virginia, Mississippi and Indiana. We are here because America can compete.

“The United States invented the playbook on how to compete and we’ve got all the tools,” Guyette added. “We need to take them out and apply them as partners working together to find the right environment to create jobs.” Guyette said the company’s ultimate investment of $500 million in an advanced manufacturing and research campus in Virginia is based on partnerships critical to the future of American jobs and the economy. These Rolls-Royce partners, who share a common vision, include government at the local, county and state level; educators at leading universities and the community college and K-12 levels; and leaders from major corporations.


Rolls-Royce North America – Investing in Our Future

Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established strong positions in four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.

Rolls-Royce has operated in the United States since 1906. Today, Rolls-Royce employs more than 6,500 Americans in 26 states across the country. Throughout North America, the company employs over 8,000 people in 66 locations.  

With its corporate headquarters in Reston, VA, Rolls-Royce operations in North America are critical to the success of the company. In addition, North America is home to several of the company’s global businesses including Energy (Mount Vernon, OH), and Defense (Reston, VA). 

In North America, we manufacture and assemble engine parts for the most sophisticated engines, parts and products on the market – some you may know include:

Civil Aerospace

  • Boeing 787 – Rolls-Royce produces engine components for the world’s most modern and fuel efficient airliner at its Crosspointe Virginia advanced manufacturing plant.
  • Gulfstream 650 – Rolls-Royce sources engine components from across the United States to make the world’s largest and fastest business jet.
  • Cessna Citation Ten – Rolls-Royce manufactures all the AE family of engines, including the most recent engine series to power the latest Cessna Citation Ten, at its Indianapolis, Indiana, facility.

Defense Aerospace

  • C-130; V-22; Global Hawk; Army Kiowa Warrior Helicopter; Joint Strike Fighter
    LiftSystem™ – Rolls-Royce manufactures all the engines for these military aircraft at its Indianapolis, Indiana, facility.
  • Research & Development – Rolls-Royce is conducting leading-edge research on the next generation of variable cycle engines at its Indianapolis, Indiana, LibertyWorks® facility.


  • Propellers – Rolls-Royce manufactures propellers for all U.S. Naval surface combatant ships and Virginia class submarines at its Pascagoula, Mississippi, and Walpole, Massachusetts, facilities.
  • Main Propulsion Systems – For the Littoral Combat Ship and the new DDG1000 destroyer, Rolls-Royce sources components from across the United States to manufacture these engines for the U.S. Navy.


  • Compressor Systems – Rolls-Royce manufactures oil and gas pipeline compressor systems at its Mount Vernon, Ohio, plant.
  • Fuel Cells – Rolls-Royce is conducting research and development work on next-generation fuel cell technology for stationary power at its Canton, Ohio, facility.
  • Power Generation – Rolls-Royce produces 501K power systems for a variety of stationary source applications in industry and the military at its Indianapolis, Indiana, plant; and assembles and tests industrial gas turbine packages for stationary electrical power at its Mount Vernon, Ohio, facility.
  • Nuclear – Rolls-Royce produces plant process computers for nuclear power plants at its Huntsville, Alabama, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, facilities. These process computers are used at 70 of the 104 U.S. nuclear power plants, as well as plants in Spain, Russia and Japan. A team of 100 experts at our Rochester, New York, facility inspects nuclear power plants in the U.S., France and U.K. 

Rolls-Royce continues to invest in core technologies, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing environmental performance.

Investing in America

In a global competition for work, Rolls-Royce is investing in the United States to help the company fulfil its $93 billion USD order book . Our recent capital investments include:


  • In Prince George County, Virginia, the company began operating an advanced manufacturing and research campus last year, where it produces precision parts for the most sophisticated commercial airplane engines on the market. With an initial investment of $170 million and 150 jobs, the company anticipates growing over the next few years to a total anticipated investment of $500 million and 500 employees.


  • Rolls-Royce is building a new $50 million jet engine test stand at its current Outdoor Jet Engine Test Facility located at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi. 35 new jobs are expected; 151 professionals are currently employed at three Rolls-Royce facilities in Mississippi.


  • In Indianapolis, where more Rolls-Royce engines are built in the United States than anywhere else in the world, the company invested over $22 million in a new state-of-the-art office complex in downtown Indianapolis. This office will be home to 2,500 engineers and professional staff; another 2,000 employees work in our Indiana facilities.
  • Manufacturing facilities in Indianapolis also recently won global production work for engine components, adding over 100 jobs with a $42 million investment, which we plan to announce soon. In addition, a new $13 million final assembly LiftFan™ Factory opened in 2010, manufacturing advanced technologies for world-class, high-tech assembly. The company invests nearly $20 million each year in its Indianapolis facilities.

For further information, please contact:

Laura Catalano
Vice President, Corporate Communications,
Rolls-Royce North America
Tel:703 621-2709

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