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Boeing announces Montana site expansion and new 787-10 work

18-Sep-2013 8:54 AM

Boeing announced (17-Sep-2013) it will expand its manufacturing site in Helena, Montana by nearly 50% to support demand for Boeing commercial aircraft and new work for the Boeing 787-10, the largest version of the 'Dreamliner' aircraft family. The nearly USD35 million expansion will add more than 55,000sqft of manufacturing space, bringing the Boeing Helena facility to 167,099sqft. Construction will begin during Northern Autumn on the south side of the existing facility, with estimated completion by the 4Q2014. Boeing expects the expansion and increased work to add 20-25 people to the 144-person workforce. Boeing Helena manufactures complex parts for the 737, 747, 767 and 787 models from hard metals like titanium. Combined with its supply network in Montana, Boeing contributes significantly to the state's economy. Boeing Helena director and site leader Eric Smith said the expansion "ensures we have the stable workforce, skills and now the manufacturing space we need to support production requirements and take on new production for the 787-10." [more - original PR]