Rolls-Royce Holdings, PLC (IW 1000/256) is expanding its operations at its Crosspointe campus in Prince George County, Virginia as part of an overall strategic investment in the U.S.

"Rolls-Royce is making significant investments in the United States and around the world to ensure we have the capacity to deliver on our promises to customers," said James M. Guyette, Chairman, President and CEO, Rolls-Royce North America.

"With a mixture of manufacturing and research facilities, Crosspointe is a center of excellence for precision engineered, high tech components," Guyette added. "The expansion will help attract suppliers to Crosspointe, creating an advanced manufacturing hub in Prince George County and driving job creation."

The company announced on Thursday that it is investing $136 million to develop an Advanced Airfoil Machining Facility. which will create 140 new, highly skilled jobs. The new  plant will be located alongside the company’s Rotatives manufacturing facility on the 1,000-acre Crosspointe campus, located just south of the state capital, Richmond.  

The 90,000 square feet facility will produce turbine blades and nozzle guide vanes for Rolls-Royce engines, including the Trent 900, Trent 1000 and Trent XWB engines. These advanced aero engines are used in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A380 and Airbus A350.

"Rolls-Royce Crosspointe truly has become a beacon for excellence in America -- a strategic intersection for high-skilled job creation, cutting-edge innovation and global competitiveness, achieved as an integrated team sharing a common vision," said Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

The Crosspointe campus also includes the newly-opened 60,000 square foot facility for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

Rolls-Royce has invested heavily in research with a spend of $1.4 billion in 2011. The company also supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centers.

In the United States, Rolls-Royce employs more than 7,700 people in 26 states with 15 manufacturing, assembly or test facilities in 10 states including California, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington.