Rolls-Royce Granted $235 Million Service Contracts By U.S. Air Force; Considering Ohio Site For North American Plant

Rolls-Royce will service C-130J military transport aircraft; site in Van Wert, Ohio was rejected by Honda.

Rolls-Royce, a provider of power systems and aircraft engines, announced Friday that they have been awarded two contracts, valued at $235 million over five years, with the U.S. Air Force for aftermarket services and spares for the C-130J military transport aircraft.

Under the services contracts, Rolls-Royce will provide comprehensive propulsion system services for its AE 2100D3 engines, Dowty R-391 propellers and other propulsion system items on the C-130J aircraft.

Rolls-Royce will also provide field representatives on-site at operational bases and propulsion system program management and technical support at Robins Air Force Base, and will continue operation of the U.S. Air Force Inventory Control Point established in Indianapolis, Ind., in 2006.

Rolls-Royce has services agreements in place with all branches of the U.S. military, including the Air Force, Marines, the Army, the Navy and the Coast Guard.

Rolls-Royce is also considering Van Wert, Ohio, as a site for a North American plant, according to Nancy Bowen, Van Wert County economic development director.

The site under consideration was rejected in 2006 by Honda over a site in Greenburg, Ind. for a Honda plant.

The company solicited information about the area's workforce, site, and airport and transportation facilities, said Bowen.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.