Rolls-Royce Marine Expands U.S. Presence

Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Inc. broke ground for the expansion of its foundry in Pascagoula, Miss. The new facility is designed to enhance manufacturing capabilities and improve production efficiency across a range of Marine propellers and submarine propulsors. “The expansion of this facility demonstrates our commitment to our customers,” said Patrick J. Marolda, President, Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Inc. “We wanted to provide better products faster – to be better able to compete – and upgrading and streamlining our manufacturing in this facility allows us to do just that.” “Rolls-Royce Naval Marine is a long-time friend of Mississippi and of Pascagoula, and we’re delighted to be increasing our presence here,” continued Marolda. The leading-edge, 18,000 sq. ft. facility will have a number of unique features. It will encompass 15,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space and will house a 10 meter gantry milling machine able to machine propellers up to eight meters in diameter. Together, this machine and this space will dramatically accelerate the machining process -- three times faster than the current rate. “Growing this facility also underscores our commitment to the US,” added James M. Guyette, President and CEO, Rolls-Royce North America. “Rolls-Royce is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. We’ve been in the US for 98 of those years and intend to be here for at least 100 more.” Mississippi Senator Trent Lott along with Representative Gene Taylor joined Rolls-Royce and other local dignitaries at the ground breaking ceremony. "Mississippi is proud to have Rolls-Royce as an economic partner, and we certainly welcome this investment in our state and our workforce,” said Senator Lott. “This expansion will sustain quality, high-skilled jobs in Jackson County, and I know the employees here will continue their long tradition of providing world-class marine products for Rolls-Royce customers throughout the globe." Congressman Taylor said “I too would like to thank Rolls-Royce for their continued support of Jackson County. This project clearly demonstrates confidence in the future and is an endorsement of the highest caliber. The expansion will add a significant economic presence to the area where we have quality employees and dedicated citizens committed to this industry.” “Jackson County, Mississippi will continue to commit its economic development resources to support Rolls-Royce Naval Marine’s long-term business strategy for the Pascagoula foundry,” said George Freeland, Jr., Executive Director, Jackson County Economic Development Foundation. “We are fortunate to have Rolls-Royce Naval Marine as part of the fabric of our corporate community and we intend to foster this partnership that has helped to produce this expansion.” Currently the foundry manufactures propellers for the US Navy nuclear aircraft carrier (CVN) and various commercial vessels. It also casts propeller blades for US Navy Destroyers (DDG) and US Navy Amphibious Transport Dock class (LPD). Foundry strengths include: design and custom build capabilities; and capacity for propellers ranging in size from 60 inches to 33 feet.
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