Boeing expanding Winnipeg composite manufacturing facility, gaining capacity and energy efficiency
- Adding 12,000 square feet with LEED-certified construction at Boeing Canada Winnipeg to meet growing demand for airplane components
- New refrigeration system reduces annual energy use by more than 20%
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Nov. 1, 2023 - Boeing [NYSE: BA] broke ground today on a CAD $20 million, 12,000 square-foot expansion at its Winnipeg manufacturing plant to more efficiently meet the growing demand for composite airplane parts.
The expansion includes a 7,250 square-foot freezer for storing composite manufacturing materials, nearly doubling the site’s freezer capacity and reducing manufacturing downtime due to built-in 100% operational redundancy. The freezer will lower annual energy usage by more than 20% and utilizes a modern CO2-based refrigeration system that produces less emissions. The LEED silver-certified design also reduces the expansion’s carbon footprint compared to traditional construction.
“This investment demonstrates our continued commitment to Boeing’s manufacturing presence in Winnipeg and environmental sustainability for our operations,” said Teri Thompson, general manager of Boeing Canada Winnipeg. “Our advanced facility and talented team play a vital role in Manitoba’s thriving aerospace industry.”
The Winnipeg site produces hundreds of composite parts and assemblies for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, including the acoustic inner barrel for the 737 MAX and the main landing gear doors for the 787 Dreamliner. Canada is among Boeing’s largest international supply bases with more than 550 suppliers and partners. Each year, Boeing contributes CAD ~$4 billion in economic benefit to Canada while supporting more than 14,000 jobs, including ~1,500 Winnipeg-based employees.
“As the largest aerospace composite manufacturer in Canada, Boeing’s Winnipeg expansion will help us better meet demand for our products, improve operational efficiency and support our climate goals,” added Charles “Duff” Sullivan, managing director of Boeing Canada.
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