Report: Boeing beginning search for 777X composite wing plant in Washington

The Tacoma, Wash.-based The New Tribune says Boeing's Frederickson, Wash., plant is among four being considered to manufacture the carbon fiber composite wings for the redesigned 777.

The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash., USA) reported on Jan. 6 that the Boeing Co.'s (Seattle, Wash.) Frederickson, Wash., plant site is under consideration to become the site of Boeing's 777X composite wing manufacturing facility.

Boeing is redesigning the 777 under the 777X moniker; the new version will include carbon fiber composite wings similar to those used on the 787 Dreamliner. The Boeing Machinists Union workers voted recently to accept an 8-year labor contract in return for Boeing's pledge to build the 777X in Washington State.

The report says that Boeing is considering four cities for the wing plant: Everett, Frederickson, Moses Lake and Spokane. The composite wings on the 787 are manufactured in Japan by a Boeing partner.

Besides the availability of vacant land that Boeing already owns, the report says the Frederickson site already manufactures major metal wing parts and composite tail structures for the existing 777 and for the 787.

Japan's Toray Composites has built a plant adjacent to the Boeing site where it manufactures carbon fiber prepreg for use in the 787. The Frederickson workforce already has years of experience building composite structures, and local schools such as Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood already offer composite materials fabrication courses.

The 777X's wingspan will 20 ft/6.1m longer than the existing 777, with each wing about 114 ft/34.7m long.

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