Boeing has now revealed five steel beams of the framework on its new delivery center located on the northeast corner of the North Charleston property. The center will serve as a housing facility for customers, as well as a place where day-to-day operations will take place. Marco Cavazzoni is Vice President of Boeing’s final assembly and delivery for its 787 aircraft. He says today was a big day–
What we did is we celebrated an important milestone in our progress here. So far we have focused a lot on our final assembly building and what we are doing there in terms of preparing the airplane, and this really starts the next page which is talking about global customers coming to take delivery of our aircraft.
Cavazzoni says Boeing’s final assembly plant should be completed by the first half of 2012, but production will begin mid-year this year.
Dave Palmer will head up the delivery center. He explains what will go on in the building:
This is where our customers will come and be housed while they are working with us to take delivery of their aircraft. First floor will be dedicated to day-to-day operations. Second floor is strictly dedicated to the customer. It’s where they will depart once they take their aircraft, and the third floor is additional support offices.
Palmer says today was an exciting day for the more then 1,600 employees working on the delivery center. He sets the scene of today’s ceremony for Boeing workers:
Obviously it’s a construction site, lots of heavy equipment, lots of enthusiastic folks. We had our delivery center teammates, we had some of our construction folks come and join us for the event. It was amazing how quick not only the first beam went up, but by the time we were done they had five beams set.
Cavazzoni says the new center will have a global effect, not just local.
Ninety percent of our customer base, or over 90 percent is non-US based. So, I think it’s going to be the first time that our customers will be able to come to South Carolina and to the Lowcountry. So, we are looking forward to the experience they will have when they come here. It’s not only the entire community, it’s the entire state that we will be able to provide that experience to our customers.
The delivery center is expected to be completed by November of this year.