RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Rolls-Royce is looking at expanding its manufacturing operations in Virginia.

Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that the global power systems company is considering building an advanced blade manufacturing facility at its Crosspointe site in Prince George County, about 30 miles south of Richmond.

“This project is precisely the kind of high-tech investment in our future we need and want in Virginia,” McDonnell said. “The company’s commitment to bringing quality, high-paying jobs to our citizens is reinforced by its consideration of the second plant at Crosspointe, and sends a very clear message that Rolls-Royce believes in the American worker.”

If the company approves the project, McDonnell says groundbreaking would occur by the end of the year. Construction would be completed in 2013 and pre-production operation would begin in 2014.

The 90,000 square-foot-foot plant would produce high-precision turbine blades for aircraft engines. It would employ up 140 workers.

Rolls-Royce North America chairman, president and CEO James M. Guyette says the company envisions creating a hub of advanced manufacturing innovation at Crosspointe.

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