Boeing’s newest factory in North Charleston will help create the company’s 737 MAX, the newest version of company’s “workhorse” jet. Propulsion South Carolina will design and assemble the engine nacelle inlet at the new facility at the Boeing Interiors Responsibility Center (IRC) campus, about 10 miles from the 787 plant.
Nicole Piasecki, vice president and general manager of the Propulsion Systems Division, said they have invested in creating new technologies to make both the system and the airplane that uses it more efficient.
“It is such a critical part of the airplane,”Piasecki told reporters. “The propulsion system delivers a lot of the fuel efficiency and the performance of the airplane overall.
“I expect that if we’re successful, we will be a part of every single future Boeing airplane program,” she said.
That means the pressure is on to be successful — even flawless — said the plant’s director Charlie Hix.
“I’m very confident that the team is up to the challenge,” he said at Tuesday’s groundbreaking, amid cheers from employees in the audience.
The 225,000-square-foot facility will open this time next year. The first 737 MAX is scheduled to be delivered in 2017.
Piasecki talked about the 737’s role in the company’s fleet at Tuesday’s groundbreaking: