part of the site expansion, beginning in January 2014,
Boeing will construct a new 10,000 square-foot (929.03
m2) fully equipped fire station at its main campus,
which is expected to be operational by late 2014. The
company will add a second autoclave in 2016 to support
aftbody composite fabrication for previously announced
787 program rate increases.
"We've been busy here in South Carolina this year," said
Jones. "Our BSC teammates have not only been ramping to
rate in component and airplane production, but they're
doing it in the middle of construction zones. Our
commitment to South Carolina is visibly demonstrated
every day as our growth and expansion continues. I don't
expect that ending anytime soon."
Since late 2012, Boeing has been expanding its main
South Carolina site to create more efficiencies and
capabilities in production to meet committed 787 build
rates. Under previously announced expansion plans, the
company is adding 391,000 square feet (36,325 m2) to its
aftbody fabrication and assembly building; 42,000 square
feet (3,901.9 m2) to its aft and midbody component paint
facility; 67,000 square feet (6,224.5 m2) in office and
meeting space to its final assembly building; and a new
94,000 square-foot (8,732.9 m2) Dreamlifter Operations
Center, to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.
The midbody component assembly facility is undergoing
construction to add additional capacity and efficiency
on the production floor.
In 2013, Boeing announced plans to establish IT
Centers of Excellence and an Engineering Design
Center, along with plans to build a new Propulsion
facility in South Carolina. In November, Boeing
broke ground on the new 220,000 square-foot (2,0439
m2) facility located in Palmetto Commerce Park in
North Charleston (Ladson area) that will house its
new 737-MAX propulsion assembly work, scheduled to
begin in mid-2015.