Boeing to set up new 777x composite wing centre
Feb. 20, 2014, Everett, Wa. - Boeing is to establish its new composite wing centre for the 777X program at the company's Everett, Washington factory.
February 20, 2014 By aerospace-technologies.com
Being set up north of the Everett factory, the new composite wing centre will be spread across an area of one million square feet and will support fabrication of the 777X composite wings.
The facility is expected to sustain thousands of Puget Sound area jobs in over the next few years.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner said: "This will put our workforce on the cutting-edge of composite technology and allow us to build on the infrastructure and logistics system we have in Everett.
"This decision will strengthen the company's competitiveness and help it grow for the long-term."
The latest announcement follows the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 751 approval of an eight-year contract extension in early 2014.
Assembly of the composite wings will also take place at the company's Everett factory, with the exact location to be announced in the next few months.
Construction on the new facility will begin later this year.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee said: "The work at this plant also launches Washington into the forefront of advanced composites manufacturing, an industry with exciting growth potential beyond aerospace."