Aerospace engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has opened its new customer support centre in Savannah, Georgia, US.

Named after local aviation pioneer Hazel Jane Raines, the new 62,000ft² Rolls-Royce Raines Building is located adjacent to the new Gulfstream Service Centre East.

The facility is slated to be fully operational by end of this year and will feature an on-site customer support office and an on-wing services repair facility.

It will also house a power plant completion centre and a warehouse.

Rolls-Royce business aviation customers & services SVP Andy Robinson said: “As the leading engine manufacturer in business aviation, our customers trust in us to deliver outstanding levels of in-service support.

“This brand-new customer support facility is a strategic investment, which takes our longstanding partnership with Gulfstream to the next level and will help us deliver market-leading services to our business aviation customers in North America.”

Rolls Royce currently supplies BR710 and BR725 engines for Gulfstream’s G550 and G650 respectively and develops the Pearl 700 for its G700.

The investment is expected to generate additional highly skilled jobs in the few next years. It will also increase the total numbers of the workforce dedicated to Gulfstream and its customers.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said: “I am grateful to Rolls-Royce for their continued investment in the Peach State and look forward to seeing the opportunities this expansion brings to the hardworking folks of South-East and Coastal Georgia.”

Earlier last month, Rolls-Royce revealed plans to raise up to £5bn to bolster its balance sheet amid the coronavirus pandemic.