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Rolls-Royce Supplier Establishes Manufacturing Center in the Richmond Region

The Greater Richmond Partnership has announced that Erodex Ltd., a graphite products maker, has established an office and manufacturing center in Henrico County.

"We are very happy to call the Richmond region home," said John Rolinson, Co-Director of Erodex. "Rolls Royce Group announced that it was opening a new turbine blade facility in Virginia and Erodex was asked to support that as a result of our long-term working relationship with them."

Erodex recently signed a five-year agreement with Rolls-Royce to supply goods to the Crosspointe campus in Prince George, VA. The company invested $2 million and hired four to ramp up production for its client.

"This started off with us supplying graphite electrodes from the UK, however as its Virginia operation grew, we entered conversations about starting a tool room there so that we could offer the same fixture care and repair as well as inspection/trialling of tools in Virginia that we would do in the UK," said Rolinson.

"In addition to its comprehensive range of electrical discharge machining (EDM) consumables, Erodex has what is widely accepted as the very finest graphite machine shop in the UK," said the company spokesperson. "The stock levels of carbons and graphites, and of continuous wire for EDM electrode applications, support the company's position as market leader."

"It is always a pleasure to welcome a new company to Henrico County," said Patricia S. O'Bannon, Vice-Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors. "The flex space offered at the Byrd Corporate Park provides a strategic location for Erodex to serve its key customer, Rolls-Royce, and to hire the highly-skilled labor it requires to manufacture its products."

"We are very happy to include Erodex and Pryor Marking Technology as Rolls-Royce suppliers in the Richmond Region, adding two new UK firms to the 41 already in the area," said Partnership CEO Barry Matherly. "International companies continue to grow our economy, with the Partnership successfully managing 20 new foreign direct investment projects during the last three years."

"We are so happy that Erodex is already expanding after just establishing itself in Henrico in March of 2016," said Felicia Ainsa, Existing Business Manager for the Henrico Economic Development Authority. "It found an eager market for its services when it first got here and has since identified a new service line to further meet regional demand. This expansion roughly doubles its space and workforce."

For more information contact:

Erodex (UK) Ltd.

44 (0)1384 892011

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