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Boeing Transforms Factory Near Philadelphia to Build Fuselages for V-22 Aircraft


Interior and exterior improvements for the V-22 production facility increase energy efficiency and incorporate key safety and environmental provisions. The renovated factory includes new wash, de-paint, and final paint booths to support a MV-22 modification program. Photo courtesy of Fred Troilo/Boeing.

Company’s $115 million investment will also accommodate MV-22 modification program

PHILADELPHIA–Boeing, the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy recently celebrated 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 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’s $115 million investment supports U.S. and international demand for the unrivaled capabilities of the V-22,” said David Koopersmith, vice president and general manager, Boeing Vertical Lift. “We started this project 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.”

Boeing (www.boeing.com) employs approximately 4,600 people in Pennsylvania and supports 16,000 direct and indirect jobs in the commonwealth.

“The V-22 readiness program is our number one priority,” said U.S. Marine Corps Col. Matthew Kelly, V-22 joint program manager. “The CC-RAM program is key in meeting our readiness goals and returning capable and reliable aircraft to Marine units around the world.”

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