Boeing announces St. Charles site expansion, observes major production milestones
Last week, Boeing recognized the recent deliveries of the 400,000th Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), 30,000th Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition, and 25,000th Small Diameter Bomb to the U.S. government and announced an expansion of the St. Charles site for the Harpoon program. Dignitaries attending the ceremony included Congresswoman Ann Wagner, Governor Mike Parson, military, and state and local government leaders. AIM President/CEO Ray McCarty also attended the ceremony.
Following significant Boeing investments in defense programs, both production capacity and product capability have advanced in St. Charles.
Boeing’s next investment will be a new, 35,000 square-foot manufacturing facility at St. Charles, with the groundbreaking set for this fall. Construction is expected to be complete in 2021.
“The success of the St. Charles site is attributed to our highly skilled and engaged workforce, flexible and efficient manufacturing practices and strong partnerships with our U.S. government customers and suppliers,” said Cindy Gruensfelder, vice president of Boeing Weapons and St. Charles site executive. “The expansion of the St. Charles site will not only allow us to increase production nearterm, but it will also ensure production, operations and workforce growth in the future.”
“Boeing is the largest manufacturer in Missouri, employing tens of thousands of Missourians in great family-supporting jobs and supporting thousands more jobs at supplier facilities across Missouri,” said McCarty. “We are proud of the positive impact Boeing and their suppliers bring to Missouri’s economy. Associated Industries of Missouri congratulates Boeing on achieving these milestones and applauds news of Boeing’s expansion in St. Charles,” he said.
Built in 1978, the St. Charles site provides affordable and sustainable weapons capabilities to more than 35 military customers worldwide.