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Boeing Company will invest $81 million and create 200 jobs in Macon-Bibb
The Boeing Co. announced plans to invest $81.7 million to convert its existing facility in Macon to produce 747-8 fuselage panel assemblies.
The Boeing 747-8 is a wide-body jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It serves as a passenger and cargo airplane.
“This is a big, huge strategic opportunity,” said Bruce Dickinson, Vice President and General Manager of Boeing’s headquarters in Seattle, Wash.. “It will fill the factory.” The Macon plant will be manufacturing the fuselage panels for 12 airplanes a year which will then be hauled by rail to Seattle, he said. The first production work is expected to begin in 2018 with the first shipment going out the next year.
“This is good news for Boeing and our customers,” Dickinson said. “The 747 is an iconic airplane and a key part of our product strategy. The Macon facility provides us with a new source for metal fuselages as we work to address market demand.”
Boeing has operated a manufacturing and assembly facility for military aircraft in Macon-Bibb for more than 25 years. The plant will undergo major renovations and upgrades. The improvements will include building and existing equipment upgrades and the installation of new equipment.
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