Boe­ing He­lena Site Ex­pands to Sup­port 777X Air­plane Pro­duc­tion

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HE­LENA, Mon­tana. Boe­ing em­ploy­ees and com­mu­nity mem­bers Au­gust 17th com­mem­o­rated the 90,000 square­foot ex­pan­sion of Boe­ing He­lena to sup­port 777X air­plane pro­duc­tion. Boe­ing He­lena is set to in­stall new ma­chine tools to fab­ri­cate crit­i­cal ti­ta­nium parts for the 777X. “Our in­vest­ment in Boe­ing He­lena is a tes­ta­ment to our in­cred­i­ble, hard-work­ing team mem­bers and their abil­ity to de­liver on our com­mit­ments to The Boe­ing Com­pany,” said Kim Smith, vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager. “It fur­ther po­si­tions our highly-skilled Mon­tana team of nearly 150 em­ploy­ees as a key part­ner for Boe­ing Com­mer­cial Air­planes.”

Now more than 257,000 square feet, Boe­ing He­lena has dis­tin­guished it­self as a vi­tal part of the sup­ply chain, spe­cial­is­ing in com­plex ma­chin­ing of hard met­als for Boe­ing Com­mer­cial Air­planes 737, 747, 767, and 787 air­plane mod­els – and now the 777X. The new parts ma­chined in He­lena for the 777X will in­clude side-of-body chords, and ter­mi­nal end fit­tings which con­nect the wings to the fuse­lage.

“When peo­ple think of Mon­tana, they think ‘Big Sky Coun­try,’ moun­tains, agri­cul­ture and ranch­ing,” said Cathy Bur­well, He­lena Area Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent. “It is ex­cit­ing to watch mem­bers of the He­lena com­mu­nity con­trib­ute to such a tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced prod­uct and Amer­ica’s num­ber one ex­porter. Last year alone, Boe­ing spent nearly $12 mil­lion with 58 Mon­tana sup­pli­ers and ven­dors in the state and sup­ported 470 di­rect and in­di­rect jobs. The ex­pan­sion of Boe­ing He­lena fur­ther es­tab­lishes Boe­ing’s place as part of the fab­ric of the Mon­tana com­mu­nity.”

The 777X will have 12 per­cent lower fuel con­sump­tion and 10 per­cent lower op­er­at­ing costs than the com­pe­ti­tion and in­tro­duces the lat­est in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing an all-new high-ef­fi­ciency wing. Boe­ing is build­ing on the pas­sen­ger-pre­ferred in­te­rior of to­day’s 777 and the 787 in­te­rior in­no­va­tions to cre­ate a pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence like no other.

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