Boeing has opened a composite center at its St.
The 424,000-square-foot facility will
initially build composite parts for the company’s newest
commercial jetliner, the B777X.
Boeing has committed more than $300 million in
company funds to construct and outfit the center.
“Boeing has had a presence in St. Louis for
nearly 80 years. We’ve built more than 12,000 fighter jets here,”
said Bob Ciesla, vice president and program manager for the 777X
St. Louis work. “With the opening of this new composite center,
our well-trained, high-quality workforce is able to demonstrate
its versatility and expertise, positioning our region for
additional commercial and defense work in the future.”
Production of 777X wing edge and empennage parts will begin at the
new composite center in early 2017. The first 777X delivery is
expected in 2020.
As a result of this 777X work in St.
Louis, a total of approximately 700 jobs are expected to be
generated in production, engineering, and multiple support areas
by the early 2020s timeframe.
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