Boeing announced Friday it will start building a new paint facility at its North Charleston, S.C. campus next year, ultimately to paint fully assembled 787 Dreamliners there.
The company says 787s built in North Charleston are flown to Fort Worth, Texas to be painted then flown back to South Carolina for delivery. The new facility would remove that step.
"Painting our airplanes in South Carolina supports our Lean manufacturing and production optimization initiatives," read a statement from Jack Jones, vice president and general manager, Boeing South Carolina. "We can make our delivery process even more efficient by painting airplanes here in South Carolina, creating more value and convenience for our customers."
Boeing also announced it had acquired access to 468 acres of land in North Charleston for possible growth.