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Boeing to expand Winnipeg plant

By Hpanchal on April 24, 2013

Boeing Canada Winnipeg’s Murray Park Road manufacturing site is growing.

Boeing Canada Winnipeg announced plans to increase the plant by more than 22 percent, primarily to house new composites work for Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft.

The building will be expanded by 150,000 square feet to a total of 665,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

"Boeing Canada Winnipeg has a great future ahead in support of unprecedented production rates," Kevin Bartelson, general manager, Boeing Canada Winnipeg, said. "Earlier this year, we negotiated a successful contract extension with our local Canadian Auto Workers union. This contract ensures we have the stable workforce, skills and now the manufacturing space we need to take on exciting new production for the 737 MAX."

The building will be used mainly to construct the one-piece composite acoustic inner barrel on the newly designed engine nacelle inlet for the 737 MAX. The inner barrel is one of the latest quiet engine technologies that will be employed on the 737 MAX to help reduce the operational noise of the airplane.

The expanded building will house the 737 MAX and some 787 Dreamliner production. Completion of the facility is estimated by the fourth quarter of 2014.

Canada is one of the largest international supplier bases for Boeing.

"I am very pleased with how our Winnipeg team has actively taken steps to be globally competitive and a reliable supplier to Boeing," said Ross R. Bogue, vice president and general manager, Boeing Fabrication, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We value the Canadian aerospace industry by consistently placing work with our Boeing Canadian facilities and supplier partners."