Philadelphia USD 115m facility to build fuselages for V-22 tilt rotor aircraft

Boeing has announced it has joined with the US Marine Corps, US Air Force and US Navy to celebrate the transformation of a 350,000-square-foot facility outside Philadelphia into a modern factory where company employees will build fuselages for the V-22 tiltrotor aircraft and modernize the MV-22 fleet for the Marines, the company said.

Boeing said the USD 115 million investment supports US and international demand for the capabilities of the V-22. This project started two years ago in a mothballed building. Now, it is a state-of-the-art manufacturing center for the only in-service tiltrotor aircraft in the world.

The new factory will improve safety and productivity, lower operating costs, and reduce Boeing´s environmental impact. It will be home to the Common Configuration — Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) program that standardizes the Marine Corps Osprey fleet by upgrading previously built aircraft to the new Block C configuration. The factory will also house fuselage production for Navy, Air Force, Marines, and international Osprey customers.

Boeing employs approximately 4,600 people in Pennsylvania and supports 16,000 direct and indirect jobs in the commonwealth.