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PRODUCTION BEGINS AT BOEING'S FREDERICKSON PLANT

 PRODUCTION BEGINS AT BOEING'S FREDERICKSON PLANT
 FREDERICKSON, Wash., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Workers in Boeing


Commercial Airplane Group's newest fabrication facility today began turning out the first components this massive plant will make to support production of the company's jetliners, Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today.
 The approximately 100 employees on duty began production of a wing skin panel for a Boeing 747 and a Boeing 767 upper panel stringer using huge milling machines that will eventually make parts for all Boeing models except the 737. Production of parts for Boeing's newest jetliner, the 777, is scheduled to begin at the Frederickson site in mid-summer.
 Called Skin and Spar South, the 935,000-square-foot (86,861- square-meter) facility is located in Frederickson which is about 16 miles (25 km) southeast of Tacoma and 44 miles (70 km) from Seattle.
 Part of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group's Fabrication Division, the Frederickson facility was designed to supplement a wing skin and spar factory in Auburn, Wash. where Boeing's Fabrication Division is headquartered.
 Skin and Spar South will eventually employ 350 to 400 workers when it reaches full production by the end of 1994.
 Equipment in the Frederickson facility includes milling machines that measure up to 270 feet (82 meters) and are capable of milling parts 105 feet (32 meters) long.
 Skin and Spar South is the first facility to be activated at Boeing's Frederickson site. Last November ground was broken for a second facility, a 432,000-square-foot Composite Manufacturing Center (CMC) which will fabricate parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics. The CMC is scheduled to begin operations in February 1993.
 Boeing has also announced plans for three more expansion phases to build various manufacturing and office facilities over a period of about 20 years. Formal initiation of each additional phase will depend on business conditions and market demand.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Broom of Boeing, 206-931-5834/
 (BA) CO: Boeing Commerical Airplane Group ST: Washington IN: AIR SU:


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