The first steel column for Boeing’s Charleston, S.C., 787 final assembly line has been erected on a construction site next door to where the company makes and assembles composite fuselage sections for the new jet. The 1.2 million-sq.-ft. building is expected to open in July 2011. The first production aircraft is to roll out in the first quarter 2012. Boeing says 90% of the plant’s contract dollars are going to South Carolina companies. Boeing also plans to refurbish parts of its ...

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