An aerospace and power systems exhibit is closing for six to eight months for a big move. The Allison Branch of the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust will move from its current location on the near southwest side of Indianapolis to the Rolls-Royce Meridian Center in downtown Indy and reopen next fall.
Rolls-Royce announced in October its plans to revitalize its manufacturing centers in Indianapolis. The $600 million investment requires the Heritage Trust to move because the space in which it is currently located will be used for advanced manufacturing space.
The exhibit is meant to capture the heritage of Rolls-Royce and Allison Engine Company. Company leaders say moving the exhibit to downtown Indianapolis will make it more accessible for customers, employees and the public.
"The Heritage Trust’s mission is to demonstrate the innovation that has progressed throughout the decades at Rolls-Royce and our preceding company, Allison Gas Turbines in Indianapolis. This move will give us an opportunity to share our history in new and exciting ways with Rolls-Royce employees, retirees, customers and the public.” said David Newill, President, Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust – Allison Branch, Inc. “The Heritage Trust will continue to be free and open to the general public. This is made possible by its donors and the hard work of volunteers, which mostly consist of committed, retired employees from Rolls-Royce and Allison."
The Rolls-Royce Meridian Center will undergo improvements to accommodate the Heritage Trust early next year. An exact date for the reopening of the Heritage Trust will be determined in 2016.