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Boeing Helena Announces Expansion

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As the Boeing 787 family of airplanes grows there is a need for more production in every angle of the Aerospace Industry. Boeing Helena CEO Jim McNerny made the announcement today for the Helena production plant expansion at the Montana Economic Development Summit in Butte along side Governor Bullock and Senator Max Baucus. Boeing Helena also gave their employees the chance to watch the announcement live from Helena.

"Announcing right now we are expanding our production, capacity, and employment in Helena." says Boeing Helena CEO, Jim McNerny. "To accommodate the growing global demands for Boeing airplanes including, as just I mentioned, the newest version of the Dreamliner in the air and the one that's coming soon thereafter that."

Boeing Helena is the largest Boeing fabrication facility in Montana and produces the side of body cord wing, which connects the wing to the body of the plane. The expansion is needed to increase production for the new Boeing 787-9 and the future 787-10 Commercial Airplanes. The expansion will be outside the existing building and will be roughly the size of a football field, 55,099 square feet to be exact, and will add another 20-25 full time employees within the next year.

"The 787 is one of the products that we supply parts to, but really it is about our capacity and we basically are at maximum capacity where we are at today. So as we are continuing to support the rates our company is already committed to we are just adding machines that we need to add space to provide a location for those machines" says Eric Smith, Director and Site Leader at Boeing Helena.

The expansion will cost $35 Million, construction begins September 20th and is expected to be complete the last quarter of 2014, and production in the new expansion will begin in 2015.

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