Boeing looks back at 2013
By Sonya Stevenssstevens@abcnews4.com
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- As the year draws to a close, officials at Boeing wanted to take a look back at 2013. They invited members of the media to talk about the big events this year and what the future holds for this growing company.
It was a big year at Boeing as they resumed production of the 787, which is assembled in the North Charleston facility.
As many may remember, all of the planes were grounded in January, but were back in the air in June. Of course, the company had to make up for that lost time.
"Very significant that the company committed to take all those airplanes and all those that were supposed to deliver in the first half, so great job by the company," said Jack Jones, the Vice President and General Manager of Boeing SC.
Jones said that the company's biggest accomplishment this year was increasing the number of planes built at the plant.
"Moving from building at the beginning of the year, five airplanes a month then seven airplanes a month, and we just finished doing ten airplanes a month," said Jones. "On top of that, we are starting to deliver more and more airplanes on our flight line, so that rate in production increase is by far the most significant activity going on."
The company also had several new additions which will make the North Charleston site even more successful.
"We won't have to rely on Seattle as much. Of course, we will always rely on Seattle for support and help, but what it says is we are a little more self contained than we were before, have our own engineering design center, our own IT center and now our Boeing Research & Technology Center and those are the three critical technical elements to build an airplane," said Jones.
Boeing announced earlier this year that it will invest an additional $1 billion in South Carolina and create 2,000 new jobs over the next eight years.