Opening ceremony for Rolls-Royce plant in Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - Rolls-Royce officially opened its first plant in Prince George County Monday morning.

The 180,000 square-foot factory was originally going to make parts for corporate jet engines.

But when the market for corporate jets declined in the recession, Rolls-Royce decided instead to make engine components for commercial airliners.

The Crosspointe Rotatives Facility on Wells Station Road will eventually include a second plant and a research campus.

The company has started hiring and hopes to fill 500 new jobs over the next few years.

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