Boeing has awarded GKN Aerospace a contract for
final assembly and paint work of Advanced Technology (AT) Winglets
for the new 737 MAX.
The final assembly and paint work will be
carried out at a 57,000 sq. ft. facility that GKN Aerospace will
operate in Sumner, Wash., near Boeing’s 737 MAX Final Assembly in
The facility will open in late 2015 and employ
approximately 75 people when full rate production is achieved.
Staff recruitment will begin early this year.
“GKN is a longtime, valued supplier to Boeing,
and we’re pleased that our relationship has resulted in this
additional work package,” said Kent Fisher, vice president and
general manager of Supplier Management, Boeing Commercial
Airplanes. “We’re happy that the investments made by Boeing and
our suppliers in the 737 MAX are resulting in the creation of jobs
in our local communities and will continue to spur economic
opportunities in Washington State for years to come.”
The new contract adds to
GKN’s existing work package, manufacturing and performing initial
assembly on fifty percent (50%) of the MAX AT Winglets.
“This work expands our role with Boeing on the
Advanced Technology Winglet, allowing us to provide a turnkey
product to the Boeing Renton facility,” said GKN Aerostructures
North America President and CEO, Daniele Cagnatel. “Completing the
assembly and painting near the 737 MAX Final Assembly site
provides logistical advantages and support for emergent
requirements. Over the long term we expect the Sumner site to
support additional commercial programs’ assembly and painting
To support this new facility, Governor Jay
Inslee and the Washington State Department of Commerce have
approved an incentive agreement that will provide support for GKN
Aerospace, including assistance with training new employees as the
facility is brought on-line.
The 737 MAX with AT Winglets incorporates the
latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines. Boeing says the 737 MAX will be
14% more fuel-efficient than today's most efficient
Next-Generation 737s – and 20% better than the original
Next-Generation 737s when they first entered service.
The 737 MAX
has more than 2,600 airplanes on order.
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