Boeing suspends operations in Philadelphia due to COVID-19

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has announced it has temporarily suspended production operations at its facilities in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, in response to COVID-19, the company said.

This action is intended to ensure the well-being of employees, their families and local communities, and will include an orderly shutdown consistent with requirements of US and global defense customers.

Boeing began the temporary suspension of operations on Friday, April 3. The site includes manufacturing and production facilities for military rotorcraft, including the H-47 Chinook, V-22 Osprey and MH-139A Grey Wolf. Defense and commercial services work and engineering design activities are also performed at the site.

The suspension of operations will last two weeks, with return to work on April 20. During the suspension, Boeing will continue to monitor government guidance and actions on COVID-19 and associated impacts on company operations. The company will conduct additional deep cleaning activities at buildings across the site and establish rigorous criteria for return to work.

When the suspension is lifted, Boeing Philadelphia will restart production in an orderly manner with a focus on safety, quality and meeting customer commitments. This is a key step to enabling the recovery of the defense and aerospace sectors.