Governor-Elect Meets with Rolls-Royce & U.K. Leaders
Monday Dec 05, 2016 6:14pm
Holcomb traveled to Derby, England, today to meet with senior Rolls-Royce executives to discuss the company's growing operations in Indianapolis and tour its large civil engine design and testing facilities. The company's Indianapolis operations, which focus on the aviation and defense industry, employ nearly 4,000 associates and have been operating in Indiana for more than 100 years.
Last year, Rolls-Royce announced plans to invest up to $600 million to modernize its Indiana operations and advance new technologies, marking the company’s largest investment in the U.S. and signaling a commitment to long-term jobs and economic growth in Indiana. Rolls-Royce is part of a growing aerospace industry in Indiana, joining companies like GE Aviation and Alcoa. Indiana ranks No. 6 in the nation for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness, according to global professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
In addition, the Governor-elect also met with U.K. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox at the Palace of Westminster today. Fox, a cabinet official and a Member of Parliament, leads the U.K. Department for International Trade, which is responsible for negotiating international trade agreements with nations around the world. During the meeting, Holcomb and Fox discussed Indiana’s close economic relationship with the U.K.. Last year, Indiana exports to the U.K. totaled $1.24 billion.