June 10, 2011
Boeing opens new South Carolina 787 Final Assembly building
Elected officials and representatives from numerous community and business groups, suppliers and subcontractors joined more than 1,000 Boeing employees at its North Charleston, S.C., facility for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new 787 Dreamliner Final Assembly building. The new Final Assembly building features 642,720 square feet (59,711 m2) of covered space, roughly the equivalent of 10.5 football fields. More than 18,000 tons (16,329 mt) of steel and one million cubic feet (28,316.8 m3) of concrete were used in its construction. At full production rate, the South Carolina Final Assembly facility will produce three 787 Dreamliners per month. Final assembly of the first South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner is expected to begin next month.