16 December 2013
Boeing (NYSE: BA) said it will begin construction in the second half of 2014 on a new paint facility on its main campus in North Charleston, S.C.
The company expects to begin painting fully assembled 787 Dreamliners in South Carolina in mid-2016.
The approximately 230,000 square-foot (21,368 m2) facility will be used to apply customer liveries to Boeing South Carolina (BSC)-built 787s. Today all BSC-built 787s are flown to Fort Worth, Texas, for final paint and then flown back to South Carolina for customer delivery.
As 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.
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