Boeing is expected to make a decision soon on the location for its new 787 assembly line, and it’s narrowed its decision to two sites. The sites: Charleston, South Carolina and Everett, Washington, near Seattle.
Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company and largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft, originated near Seattle and still has much of its production come out of there. As the company looks at these two sites for a new assembly line for its 787 jets, CEO Jim McNerney told the South Carolina Business Journal there would be some execution challenges with putting the line to Charleston, but they would work to diversify the labor pool and labor relationships. McNerney says the company started with a broad range of destinations for the second assembly line, but Charleston and Everett were the two best choices.
A decision is expected by early November on where Boeing’s line will go.