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Rolls-Royce taps into DPA Title III to expand US production plant

13th August 2020 - 15:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Rolls-Royce ship propeller and propulsion components manufacturing facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi, is being expanded and upgraded with funding of $22 million under Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III.

A new 26,000ft² (2,415m²) building will be constructed at Pascagoula, containing new foundry and machining equipment via  DPA Title III.

Rolls-Royce is ‘making an additional investment for building improvements, supplemented with support from Jackson County and the state of Mississippi’, the company revealed in a 12 August statement.

The company is also extending its facility in Walpole, Massachusetts, with a new 24,000ft² building.

The advanced manufacturing facility in Pascagoula makes controllable-pitch propeller systems, fixed-pitch propellers, and water jets. These help to power USN vessels such as aircraft carriers and destroyers.

‘This DPA Title III investment will protect and create jobs in the Gulf Coast region hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure critical capabilities are retained in support of US Navy operational readiness,’ the DoD noted in a statement.

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