Boeing held a ribbon cutting for a new facility in Berkeley on Thursday. It’s the first commercial aircraft facility in the St. Louis area for the company, which has its defense unit headquarters in the area.
Chicago-based Boeing expects to hire about 700 new employees for production on the 777X commercial jet in St. Louis, with production scheduled to begin in January.
This is the first new facility Boeing has opened in St. Louis in more than a decade. It has cost about $300 million to build and outfit the plant.
Bob Ciesla, Boeing Defense, Space & Security’s vice president and program manager of the 777X Program, said the first composite parts will be shipped in May. The first 777X planes are expected to be delivered in 2020.