Boeing 747 fuselage panels to be built in Macon in 2018

Boeing (NYSE: BA) said that 747 fuselage panels will be built at its Macon, Georgia facility beginning in 2018.

Boeing will take over the work from Triumph Aerostructures — Vought Aircraft Division, a wholly owned subsidiary of Triumph Group, Inc., with the Macon site providing assembled fuselage panels to Boeing´s 747 final assembly line in Everett, Washington.

Boeing and Triumph Aerostructures have worked together for many months to ensure a smooth transition for the 747 supply chain. As part of this detailed process, the Boeing team selected the Boeing Defense, Space & Security Macon facility for 747 fuselage panel work.

Defense work currently performed at the Macon site includes replacement center wing sections for the A-10 Thunderbolt II, as well as sub-assemblies for the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Fuselage panels for the C-17 Globemaster transport airplane were also produced at the site until earlier this year.

Macon will become the twelfth manufacturing site for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Fabrication organization, which has operations in three countries.

Boeing will invest approximately USD80 million in employee training, tooling and building modifications over the next three years.

The fuselage panel assembly transfer to the Macon site is the first of several new work packages for the 747 currently supplied by Triumph Aerostructures that Boeing will announce in the coming months.

The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and 747-8 Freighter are the newest, high-capacity 747s that offer airlines the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large passenger or freighter airplane in its class — while providing enhanced environmental performance.