Boeing to suspend production at Washington facilities

Andrew Cummings
March 25, 2020

Beleaguered aircraft manufacturer the Boeing temporarily suspending production operations in the Puget Sound for 14 days "to protect our employees and the communities where they live and work", the company announced.

Boeing plans to begin reducing production activity today and projects the suspension of such operations to begin on Wednesday, March 25, at sites across the Puget Sound area.

The suspension will last 14 days "during which Boeing will continue to monitor government guidance and actions on COVID-19 and its associated impacts on all company operations".

Boeing Chief Executive Dave Calhoun said in a statement accompanying the announcement that the planemaker was working closely with public health officials, customers, suppliers and others affected by the temporary suspension. Those who can not work remotely will receive 10 working days of compensation, says Boeing, which is twice the current company policy.

In the wider USA there have been over 41,500 cases and almost 500 deaths, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

As Boeing is also a major supplier to the USA military and the space program, there has been growing pressure on Washington to bail out the troubled company.

Boeing employees in the region had been speaking out, saying they were increasingly anxious about the spread of COVID-19 as more coworkers tested positive for the virus. Investor concern has been rising over cash pressures with the inventory totaled 70 through the close of Friday, at Boeing.

"We will keep our employees, customers and supply chain top of mind as we continue to assess the evolving situation", Calhoun said.

Boeing (NYSE:BA) has been halted for pending news.

Many are now deferring deliveries of airplanes from Boeing and Airbus, which delays when the plane makers receive obligations.

The company has around 70,000 workers in the Puget Sound region, representing almost half of Boeing's global workforce, the company said a year ago. They said the Everett site alone spans more than 100 buildings and there's no confirmed transmission among crew members.

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