Boeing Considers SC For Expanded 777 Production

8:17 AM, Oct 29, 2013   |    comments
Boeing employees at the roll-out of the first South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner (image courtesy Boeing)
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North Charleston, SC (WLTX) -- In a new report, Boeing is said to be considering their North Charleston production facility for added production of a new model of the triple-7 commercial airliner.

According to the Wall Street Journal, part of the appeal is South Carolina's non-union workforce.

Boeing is planning an expansion near their current Dreamliner production facility, and this expanded footprint could accommodate the new long-range 777x model airliner.

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The article quotes a Boeing spokesperson on the potential of adding the production of the 777x "We are studying our options."

Currently Boeing's 787-8 Dreamliner assembled in the No. Charleston plant by 6,100 employees, and the added production of the 787 is expected to add another 2,000 jobs by 2020.

The current models of Boeing's 777 family have been produced at the company's lead production facility in Everett, Wash. since the program's introduction in 1990.

That figure does not include this new prospect however, so the full impact of production of a different model aircraft is unspecified at this time.

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