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Boeing will move all production of 787 Dreamliner to South Carolina, report says

By Noah Feit, The State (Columbia, S.C.) on

Published in Business News

A Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal said Boeing is planning to move its production of the 787 Dreamliner exclusively to its South Carolina plant.

The massive jetliner has been manufactured at Boeing's production facilities in North Charleston as well as in Everett, Wash.

But during a July 29 call about the company's earnings, Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun said the airline manufacturer was studying whether to shift all of the production to one of site while dealing a blow to the other facility.

Sources told the Wall Street Journal that Boeing has made the decision to consolidate manufacturing the widebody passenger jets in South Carolina.

A spokeswoman for Boeing declined to comment on the report. Instead, Elizabeth Holland cited a statement issued from the July call when airline officials said steps to cut expenses, including layoffs, could be coming as it continues to struggle financially during the coronavirus pandemic.

"We will prudently evaluate the most efficient way to build airplanes, including studying the feasibility of consolidating 787 production in one location," Boeing officials said in July. "We will take into account a number of factors and keep an eye on future requirements as we think through the long-term health of our production system.

 

"Boeing remains committed to Washington state and South Carolina."

When asked about the Wall Street Journal report at a Wednesday news conference, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster said "stay tuned because South Carolina is open for business."

Pressed on the issue of Boeing consolidating 787 Dreamliner production in North Charleston, McMaster told reporters "we'll talk about that announcement when it's official."

Another South Carolina lawmaker was more direct about the report.

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