Boeing is another step closer to full production at its new North Charleston plant. A construction crew placed the first steel column for the Charleston-based Boeing 787 Final Assembly and Delivery facility. The plant will assemble and install systems for 787 fuselage sections, as well as integrate other mid-body fuselage sections for other structural partners. BE&K Building Company spokesperson Luther Cochrane told WCIV in Charleston more than 700 workers so far have been hired for construction, most of them locals.
“We’re 90 percent South Carolina contracted and that’s an astounding number when you consider how specialized this building is. Our goal is to spend as much as we can in South Carolina and locally,” says Cochrane.
Boeing says the 787 Dreamliner will be more efficient, quieter and have lower emissions than other airplanes, according to a press release. Construction on the new facility is on schedule, with production due to begin in July 2011.
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