As Airbus readies for the first concrete pour for its new A320 factory in Mobile, Ala., the company is empowering plant managers to make decisions to assure that its supply chain runs smoothly. “We really need the supply chain to run like clockwork,” Airbus North America President and CEO Barry Eccleston said May 8 during Aviation Week’s Civil Aircraft Manufacturing Conference in Charlotte, N.C. The first concrete footings are to be poured next week. Hiring will begin later this ...

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