Boeing celebrates 100 years

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has celebrated 100 years since its founding in 1916, marking a legacy of connecting and protecting people and nations, exploring Earth and space, the company said.

The company said since starting out as a builder of wood and fabric floatplanes in a Seattle boathouse, Boeing has become a large aerospace company and manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems.

Boeing represents a number of major companies that have merged over the past century, including McDonnell Aircraft, Douglas Aircraft, North American Aviation/Rockwell, Piasecki/Vertol, Howard Hughes´ helicopter and space companies, Stearman and The Boeing Company.

Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing supports airlines and US and allied government customers in more than 150 countries, employing 160,000 people across the United States and in more than 65 countries. Boeing´s total company revenues for 2015 were USD96 billion.