Boeing expands composites manufacturing capability in Utah

Boeing has purchased an 850,000-sq-ft building in Salt Lake County, Utah, in which it will manufacture composite horizontal stabilizer components for the 787-9.

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The Boeing Co. (Chicago, Ill., USA) on Jan. 11 announced the purchase of a new building in Salt Lake County, Utah, USA. Employees at the new site, located in West Jordan, Utah, will focus on fabrication of composite horizontal stabilizer components for the 787-9.

The new site, located 20 miles from Boeing's fabrication and assembly site in Salt Lake City, was purchased from Masco. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. The close proximity of the two facilities will help improve the efficiency from component fabrication to assembly of the 787-9 horizontal stabilizer.

The composite component fabrication facility is expected to create approximately 100 new jobs. "Hiring will begin immediately," says Craig Trewet, director of Boeing Salt Lake. "We'll begin by hiring project managers and engineers and will then be filling production positions over the next several quarters."

"The site we've chosen is an ideal location to add composite manufacturing capability focused on Boeing's key business strategies," says Ross R. Bogue, vice president and general manager of Boeing Fabrication. "This new facility will provide a real competitive advantage in our supply chain by expanding our internal composite capabilities."

Boeing expects to refurbish the 850,000-ft2/78,976m2 building to complement the company's current operations in Salt Lake County. Sitts & Hill will design the space inside the building's factory area. Design and construction are expected to take two years.