Boeing Plans To Reopen Philadelphia Facility

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U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B
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Boeing is preparing to reopen operations at its Philadelphia facility April 20 after being closed for 17 days because of the spread of the novel coronavirus.

This is good news for the U.S. military because the site manufactures a slew of helicopters for the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy. These include the CH-47 Chinook, V-22 Osprey and MH-139A Grey Wolf. The company has taken several measures to ensure the health and safety of its employees during the COVID-19 crisis when operations resume, an April 17 Boeing statement said.

For instance, hand sanitation stations have been added at entry points and physical distancing practices will be reinforced.

Boeing will also stagger shift times and reduce in-person meetings when virtual interactions would suffice. The company will also provide personal masks for on-site employees to comply with Pennsylvania state government direction. 

Temperature screening will be required daily for all employees before coming to work, and Boeing will host screening stations featuring no-touch thermal scanners for workers to check their temperatures on site.

More than 4,600 Boeing employees work in Pennsylvania, predominantly at the company’s Philadelphia site. Boeing issued guidance in March directing all employees who are able to perform their work from home to telecommute until further notice.