Rolls-Royce is celebrating 10 years of jet engine testing at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.

“For a decade, Rolls-Royce has tested its most advanced jet engines at one of our state’s greatest assets, Stennis Space Center. The technologically advanced capabilities offered by a Stennis location help ensure Rolls-Royce enjoys many more successful years in Hancock County,” Governor Phil Bryant said.

In 2007, Rolls-Royce opened its Outdoor Jet Engine Test Facility, the company’s first outside the United Kingdom. In 2013, Rolls-Royce opened a second jet engine test stand at the site. The test facility, the only one of its kind in the U.S. and one of only three in the world, conducts development engine testing, including noise, crosswind, endurance and other tests on Rolls-Royce’s latest, most sophisticated civil aircraft engines. These include the Trent XWB, Trent 1000 and more. The two test stands employ nearly 50 workers and represent a combined investment of approximately $100 million.

“This is an important site for us – our people here are doing very important work to help ensure the reliability of new and innovative jet engines that Rolls-Royce brings to market,” said Marion Blakey, president and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America. “We’ve long enjoyed a great relationship with the people of Mississippi, and this anniversary builds upon that partnership.”

Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr., Sen. Roger Wicker, Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission and county officials and Rolls-Royce executives and employees gathered to commemorate the milestone at Stennis Space Center.

“For over ten years, we have been proud to call Rolls-Royce a member of our Hancock County community. Their commitment is shown through the creation of jobs and dedication to their employees that call Hancock County home,” said Bill Cork, CEO of the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission.

“Rolls-Royce has been a true partner to the state of Mississippi for 10 years, and it is only the beginning. Talented Mississippians at Stennis Space Center, coupled with the company’s commitment to excellence, have enabled Rolls-Royce to achieve the highest level of quality in jet engine testing, enhancing the safety of people around the world,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr.

In addition to the Outdoor Jet Engine Test Facility, Rolls-Royce operates the Rolls-Royce Marine Propeller and Waterjet Foundry in Pascagoula where it machines, manufactures, tests and repairs propellers for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. The company also operates a defense regional field office at the Naval Air Station in Meridian.