Rolls-Royce, aerospace district takes flight with new jet engine facility



Rolls-Royce, Purdue aerospace district takes flight with new jet engine facility


March 23, 2017

Rolls-Royce has officially moved into the aerospace district at Discovery Park District, a 55,000-square-foot facility in West Lafayette, where the company will conduct research and development for jet engine components.

More than 250 people attended the dedication celebration for the first building in the 980-acre Discovery Park District Aerospace located at 1801 Newman Road, West Lafayette, Indiana.


We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Purdue University and are excited to take it to the next level as the first business to locate at the new Purdue Research Park Aerospace District.

This expanded collaboration will help us develop new and critical capabilities for our customers around the world who are seeking quieter, cleaner and more powerful engines.

Marion Blakey, Rolls-Royce North America President , CEO

The new research facility will further assist Rolls-Royce in:

  • Designing, developing and testing jet engine components.
  • Collaborating with Purdue researchers through corporate partnerships.
  • Recruiting future talent of Purdue student interns and graduates.

It is highly appropriate that the first company to move into the Purdue aerospace district would be Rolls-Royce, an international leader in aerospace research and development.

Rolls-Royce and Purdue have a long history of collaboration that has proven positive for Rolls-Royce, for Purdue and for the students at Purdue.

Mitch Daniels, Purdue President

In 2016, Purdue and Rolls-Royce announced a $33 million jet-engine research and development program to create next-generation aircraft propulsion systems. Purdue undergraduate and graduate students benefit from the Rolls-Royce relationship as well. The company employs more than 600 Purdue graduates, sponsors four Rolls-Royce Fellows and provides research funding for 20 graduate research assistants.

Rolls-Royce was an idea that became a possibility, then a project, and now a fully operational research and development facility. It really is just the beginning because the district is truly a land of opportunity.

Dan Hasler, Purdue Research Foundation president and chief entrepreneurial officer.

The aerospace district is part of the Discovery Park District, a partnership between the Purdue Research Foundation and Browning Investments to create an environment for educational, economic, cultural, community and real estate while developing 450 acres at the west end of the Purdue University campus.

The aerospace district is open to other companies interested in aerospace and aviation development.


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