Boeing celebrated the opening of its new Interiors Fabrication
facility in North Charleston on Thursday. The Interiors
Responsibility Center South Carolina team will manufacture 787
interior parts including stowbins, closets, partitions, class
dividers, floor-mounted stowbins used by flight attendants,
overhead rests for flight-crews and flight attendants, video
control stations and attendant modules for Boeing South
Elected officials and representatives from community and
business groups and local construction companies joined hundreds of
Boeing employees to commemorate the opening. "As part of today's
celebration we acknowledge and thank you all for welcoming us into
the community, and showing us your support as we bring our facility
on line," said Lane Ballard, Boeing Interiors Responsibility Center
South Carolina director. "We look forward to delivering our first
set of interior components to Boeing South Carolina in 2012."
Boeing's Site Services Group, BRPH and Pattillo Construction
were recognized at the ceremony for completing the facility on
schedule. Pattillo's crew worked more than 500,000 labor-hours
without a lost-time accident.
The 300,000 square foot facility includes state-of-the-art
manufacturing equipment, and employees will use the latest Lean
processes and tools to efficiently produce interior components to
match 787 production rates at Boeing South Carolina.