Boeing will repurpose Macon plant

ATLANTA — Boeing will invest $81.7 million to retrofit and equip its defense-related facility in Macon-Bibb County for the manufacturing of 747-8 fuselage panels, creating up to 200 jobs over the next three years.

The Boeing 747-8 is a modernized version of the Boeing 747. Boeing is the world’s largest manufacturer of jets and space security systems. The facility is located in the Macon-Bibb County Airport Industrial Park.

The manufacturing of the fuselage panels will create jobs in the following areas: engineering, administrative, technical, procurement analyst and assembly and maintenance.

“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, a division of The Boeing Company, Inc., is headquartered in Seattle and employs approximately 85,000 people world-wide.

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 that time Boeing will transition the site for to support ramp up to full production of the 747 fuselage panel assembly by 2018. Upgrades and improvements to the existing 200,000-square-foot facility will include modifications to the building and existing equipment and installation of new equipment.

Image courtesy of Boeing

Source: Georgia Department of Economic Development

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