Goodwood, England – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is planning to double its manufacturing workforce, expanding to 900 employees by the end of 2009.

The company, which will have created almost 400 new jobs in less than two years, said that more than 150 new jobs have been created to support production of the Rolls-Royce Ghost, its newest model.

The majority of the new positions are in the wood, leather and paint shops, as well as the assembly areas. There will also be a number of new positions in the headquarter offices.

“This is good news for the British car industry at a time when it is struggling,” said Tom Purves, Rolls-Royce CEO. “Britain has an exceptional talent for automotive production and we are keen to maximize this at Rolls-Royce. Our new model, the Ghost, has enjoyed an extremely positive international response, and we now need to put people in place to bring the car to market.”

The Ghost will be built on its own dedicated assembly line, but will share paint, wood and leather workshops with the Phantom series of cars. Production of the new model will begin in the fall, with customer deliveries beginning in early 2010.

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