Monday, January 9, 2012

RR to add new test stand

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Rolls-Royce North America is adding a second jet engine test stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center, a company investment of at least $50 million. The announcement was made Monday by Gov. Haley Barbour. Rolls-Royce currently employs 45 workers at the initial test stand operation, and the new stand will add 35 additional jobs. James M. Guyette, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Rolls-Royce North America, said this type of public-private partnership "make it possible for us to invest in America and compete in a global economy." Headquartered in Reston, Va., Rolls-Royce North America opened its Outdoor Jet Engine Testing Facility at SSC in 2007, the first outside the United Kingdom. Testing at SSC includes noise, crosswind, thrust reverse, cyclic and endurance testing on all current Rolls-Royce engine types. (Source: Mississippi Development Authority, 01/09/12)