Rolls-Royce spokesman said the plant, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Richmond, is expected to create about 500 jobs and be fully operational by the end of 2009.
The plant also will have the capability to create rotors for the F136 engine for the Joint Strike Fighter.
The London company has its North American headquarters in Chantilly. It had announced plans this month to close its turbine plant in Liverpool, England.
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine was to formally announce the economic development at a news conference later Tuesday.
"We should use shock therapy to sober up the Americans. In this case, the Americans will speak about the need to resume dialogue. There is no other option"
The United States is concerned about the current crisis in the relations with Russia and suggests returning to reasonable policies to avoid a nuclear war