MACON, September 23, 2015—Commissioner Chris Carr, local Macon-Bibb leaders and executives from The Boeing Company, Inc. recently announced that Boeing Commercial Airplanes (a business unit of The Boeing Company, Inc.) will invest $81.7 million to retrofit and equip their existing defense-related facility in Macon-Bibb County for the manufacturing of 747-8 fuselage panels, creating up to 200 new jobs over the next three years. Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial, business and defense jets and space security systems. The facility is located in the Macon-Bibb County Airport Industrial Park.
“This exciting new commercial opportunity at Boeing’s Macon-Bibb County facility is the result of progressive and persistent teamwork between the public and private sector,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “All involved have worked hard to make this a reality, and we will continue to do everything we can to make sure that Boeing is successful in Georgia for many years to come.”
The Boeing 747-8 is a modernized version of the legendary Boeing 747, and the 747-8 fuselage panels are an integral part in the updated model of this aircraft. The manufacturing of these parts will create jobs in the following areas: engineering, administrative, technical, procurement analyst and assembly and maintenance. The company will take advantage Georgia’s workforce training program, Quick Start.
“This is good news for Boeing and our customers,” said Bruce Dickinson, vice president and general manager for the 747 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “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 Commercial Airplanes is headquartered in Seattle and employs approximately 85,000 people world-wide.
“Boeing’s choice to manufacture these vital pieces of equipment at their Macon-Bibb County facility is further indication that Georgia is home to a highly-skilled workforce and a world-class infrastructure,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “I am confident that their production will continue to thrive as a result of this decision, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project has on our state upon execution.”
The Boeing facility in Macon currently builds replacement wing centers for the A-10 and aft pylons for the CH-47. Defense work at the Macon facility is scheduled to end in mid-2016 at which time Boeing will transition the site for Commercial Airplanes work to support ramp up to full production of 747 fuselage panel assembly by 2018. When completed, Macon will become the 12th manufacturing site for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Fabrication organization. Upgrades and improvements to the existing 200,000 sq. ft. facility will include modifications to the building and existing equipment and installation of new equipment.
“I am delighted that Boeing will continue to have a strong presence here in Macon-Bibb County,” states Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert A. B. Reichert. “They are a prestigious company, a wonderful corporate citizen and a great employer! I want to thank Boeing for their renewed commitment to Macon-Bibb County. I also want to thank the Governor’s Office, the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Macon Economic Development Commission for their partnership with the Industrial Authority to make this happen. This strengthens Middle Georgia as a premier location for aerospace manufacturing and maintenance.”
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Regional Project Manager Candice Scott supported Boeing on behalf of the state of Georgia along with the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority and the Macon Economic Development Commission.
About Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, a business unit of The Boeing Company, Inc. is committed to being the leader in commercial aviation by offering airplanes and services that deliver superior design, efficiency and value to customers around the world. There are more than 10,000 Boeing commercial jetliners in service, flying passengers and freight more efficiently than competing models in the market. A record 5,700 airplanes are currently on order.