Thu, Jun 30, 2011
Utah Fabrication Facility Will Feed South Carolina Assembly
While the labor wranglings in South Carolina grab the headlines,
Boeing commemorated the opening of a new 787 vertical fin assembly
line at its production facility in Salt Lake City, Utah on Tuesday.
Operated by Boeing Fabrication, the site will build the vertical
fin assemblies for 787 Dreamliners built at Boeing South Carolina.
Production on the new assembly line is slated to begin in July.
The event -- attended by elected officials, community and
business groups, suppliers, subcontractors and Boeing employees --
was highlighted by Governor Gary R. Herbert symbolically pushing a
large button bringing electric power to the assembly line.
"With increasing demand for our products and the development of
two new airplanes, this is an exciting time for Boeing," said Ross
R. Bogue, vice president and general manager of Boeing Fabrication.
"Boeing Salt Lake City has a key role in the future success of
Boeing Commercial Airplanes."
The new assembly line was designed and built using Lean
Manufacturing techniques. These techniques reduced required floor
space and increased production capacity without adding new brick
and mortar facilities. The 35,000 square feet state-of-the-art
composite assembly line will help improve the efficiency of the
final assembly and delivery process at Boeing's 787 facility in
"Opening this line is a great example of Boeing teammates
working together across organizational and geographical boundaries
to drive manufacturing excellence," said Craig Trewet, director
Boeing Salt Lake City. "It was a team effort between Boeing South
Carolina training and development, our Composite Manufacturing
Center that produces the vertical fin parts in Washington state,
and each and every employee at Salt Lake City."
The Boeing Salt Lake City facility currently supports
fabrication activities across all Boeing Commercial Airplane
models. It is scheduled to deliver its first vertical fin to
Boeing South Carolina during the fourth quarter 2011.
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