Monday, 6 April 2020

Suspension of Puget Sound production operations extended, Boeing confirms.

The Boeing factory building in Everett.                       Photo Boeing
The US planemaker, Boeing has confirmed over the weekend that it will extend the temporary suspension of production operations at all Puget Sound area and Moses Lake sites until further notice. 

These actions, the firm says, are being taken in light of the company's continuing focus on the health and safety of employees, current assessment of the spread of COVID-19 in Washington state, the reliability of the supply chain and additional recommendations from government health authorities.

There has been approximately 24 confirmed cases of people infected with coronavirus at Boeing's facilities in Washington so far and one fatality, according to local media reports. 

During the suspension, the company will continue to implement additional health and safety measures at its facilities to protect employees. These measures include new visual cues to encourage physical distancing, more frequent and thorough cleaning of work and common areas and staggering shift times to reduce the flow of employees arriving and departing work, among many other improvements.


“The health and safety of our employees, their families and our communities is our shared priority,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Stan Deal. “We will take this time to continue to listen to our incredible team and assess applicable government direction, the spread of the coronavirus in the community and the reliability of our suppliers to ensure we are ready for a safe and orderly return to operations.”

The volunteers who have been supporting essential site and services work should continue to report to their assigned shifts. Puget Sound area and Moses Lake employees who can work from home should continue to do so.

As the suspension of operations continues, Boeing will monitor government guidance and actions on COVID-19 and associated impact on all company operations. Boeing sites that remain open are being monitored and assessed on a daily basis.

Ridley Township, Pennsylvania facilities also closed


The company also recently announced that it was also temporarily suspending production operations at its facilities in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania.  The site includes manufacturing and production facilities for military rotorcraft, including the H-47 Chinook, V-22 Osprey and MH-139A Grey Wolf.

The suspension of operations will last two weeks, with a return to work expected on April 20. During the suspension, Boeing will continue to monitor government guidance and actions on COVID-19 and associated impacts on company operations.

"Suspending operations at our vital military rotorcraft facilities is a serious step, but a necessary one for the health and safety of our employees and their communities," said Steve Parker, Vertical Lift vice president and general manager, and Philadelphia site senior executive. "We're working closely with government and public health officials in the tri-state region. We're also in contact with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders affected by this temporary suspension as we assist in the national effort to combat the spread of COVID-19."


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