Plant Opened For 747 Project May 1, 1967
Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary since The Boeing Company
opened the major assembly buildings of its Everett, WA factory to
build the first-ever jumbo jet -- the 747. Four decades later, that
factory has grown into the largest building in the world by volume
and is home to every Boeing twin-aisle airplane program -- 747,
767, 777 and 787 Programs. To date, Boeing employees at the Everett
site have built and delivered more than 2,950 airplanes.
To mark the milestone, Boeing hosted a ceremony Tuesday with
employees and local politicians in the Everett factory, located 30
miles north of Seattle. Boeing also launched a new Web site
featuring Boeing's presence in Everett.
"The Everett factory is a perfect example of Boeing's pioneering
spirit," said Ross R. Bogue, vice president and general manager
747, 767 and 777 Programs and Everett site. "Today, we celebrate
the amazing accomplishments that have taken place at this facility.
We also look to the Everett site's bright future."
The Everett site was originally built in the late 1960s to
produce the 747. It expanded with the addition of the 767 assembly
line in 1980 and the 777 line in 1993. The Boeing Everett site also
is home to the 787 Dreamliner, scheduled to roll out later this
Now, the Everett facility is Boeing's largest site, spanning
more than 1,000 acres and employing more than 25,000 people. The
Everett factory building was recognized by Guinness World Records
as the largest building in the world in 1967.
"This milestone represents a successful partnership among
Boeing, the State of Washington, Snohomish County and the City of
Everett," said Ray Stephanson, Mayor of Everett. "We will continue
to build on our relationship with Boeing as a key employer and
Over the years, the Everett site has become more than a factory
for the 747, 767 and 777. Because of its size and magnitude, the
Everett plant represents Boeing to the world. A number of
dignitaries have visited the Everett site over the years, including
US President Bill Clinton, People's Republic of China President Hu
Jintao, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, Prime Minister Mahathir
bin Mohamad of Malaysia, Prince Philippe of Spain and King Hussein