Operations Will Be Consolidated In North Charleston, SC
In a move intended to consolidate and exercise more control
over the Dreamliner manufacturing process, Boeing said Tuesday it
has acquired Alenia North America's half of Global Aeronautica,
LLC, a South Carolina fuselage subassembly facility for Boeing's
787 Dreamliner, and is now the sole owner of that entity. Alenia
North America is a subsidiary of Italy's Alenia Aeronautica, a
Operationally, Boeing will integrate the Global Aeronautica
facility with the rest of Boeing's organization in North
"The Boeing Charleston site is critical to the success of the
787 program," said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing
Commercial Airplanes. "Through this acquisition, Boeing benefits by
joining together two solid operations - including their talented
employees and state-of-the-art facilities - into one Boeing team.
Ultimately, we believe integration of the site will increase
productivity for the 787 program and allow us to maintain our
"We are proud of the major contribution we have made over the
past four years through our partnership in Global Aeronautica to
the 787 program and to the state of South Carolina," said Giuseppe
Giordo, president and CEO of Alenia North America. "We are
confident that the foundation we have developed will continue to
flourish as it is integrated into Boeing Charleston."
The acquisition was effected through a wholly owned subsidiary
of Boeing; other terms were not disclosed.
"We look forward to integrating the employees of both operations
into one team in North Charleston, along with continuing our
partnership with Alenia on the 787 program," said Albaugh.
Global Aeronautica, LLC, began in 2004 when Alenia North America
and Vought Aircraft Industries formed a 50/50 joint venture in
support of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In 2008, Boeing purchased
Vought's interest in Global Aeronautica, making the company a 50/50
joint venture between Alenia North America and Boeing.
Global Aeronautica's integration entails the joining of the
mid-fuselage sections, the installation and testing of associated
elements, and the application of surface finishes to more than 60
percent of the 787's fuselage. Global Aeronautica sits adjacent to
the Boeing Charleston site and shares a 240-acre campus.