Boeing recently announced plans to consolidate its 787 production at its site in Charleston, SC, a decision that will involve closing a site in Everett, WA. The WA site has long been the favorite, with other plants being viewed as underdogs. So responses to the announcement have been mixed. Given the company’s long history in Washington State, why shift the 787 program to South Carolina?
Paul Kumler, president and co-founder of KTM Solutions, has worked for Boeing in both Seattle and Wichita (which is also considered an underdog by comparison to Washington). In a recent article for South Carolina Manufacturing, he shares his thoughts on the consolidation and its potential benefits.