Galveston and Pelican Island business professionals, government officials and others turned out for the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday for the new Rolls-Royce Marine Service Center on property leased from Gulf Copper Corporation on Pelican Island Listen: RealPlayer MP3
"The new Rolls-Royce Marine Service Center at Galveston will provide state-of-the-art repair and overhaul expertise in support of the company''s entire portfolio of marine products to customers throughout the Gulf of Mexico region," said an official statement on the program for the event. "The 40,000 square foot facility, and the team of highly qualified service engineers and marine professionals who will work here, represent the commitment of Rolls-Royce to our key offshore and marine customers and to Galveston as the ideal location to support critical port operations in the Gulf Area."
John Hanzl welcomed the large crowd in the company's new facility. Speakers included Bill Malacrida, Marine Regional Director - North America for Rolls-Royce; John Paterson, President - Marine of Rolls-Royce; Galveston Mayor Pro Tem Danny Weber; Port of Galveston Director Steve Cernak and Greg Harrington, immediate past chair of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce. The Texas A&M University Maritime Academy Color Guard presented the colors.
Among the guests was Jim Edmonds, executive director of the Port of Houston Authority.
LoneStar Construction was the general contractor for the Rolls-Royce project.