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Jet engine test facility breaks ground

 A $50 million jet engine test facility broke ground at the John C. Stennis Space Center, Mississippi June 18.

This new facility is expected to bring in 35 new highly skilled job opportunities when operational.

"This state-of-the-art test facility will play a key role in our commitment to deliver excellence to our customers by developing the world's cleanest and quietest engines," said James M. Guyette, Chairman, President and CEO, Rolls-Royce North America.  "We are enhancing our global capabilities, including making investments in Mississippi, the United States and around the world."

The Mississippi Development authority is helping with construction and workforce training along with support from Hancock County.

"I am delighted Rolls-Royce is breaking ground on its new outdoor jet engine testing facility in Hancock County," said Brent Christensen, Executive Director, MDA.  "MDA is proud to assist the company in further growing its Mississippi operations."

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

"We value this global industry leader's contributions to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the state as a whole and applaud Rolls-Royce for providing additional high-paying job opportunities for state residents," Christensen said.

In the U.S., Rolls-Royce operates 15 manufacturing, assembly or test facilities in 10 states including California, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

This is the second test facility to be built from the ground up in the United States.  It has been designed to support specialist engine testing, and will be used to conduct research, development, crosswind, thrust reverse, cyclic and endurance tests on all Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace engines.

For more information on the new Rolls-Royce facility, please contact Ginny Person, Corporate Communications (703) 795-2997, Email, or visit

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