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Boeing opens new delivery center

Boeing opened its new expanded Everett Delivery Center, the home of deliveries for the 747-8, 767, 777 and 787.

Boeing employees, customers and state officials attended the grand opening ceremony Wednesday in Everett, Wash.

"This facility shows the strength of the aerospace industry in Washington and is a sign that the state's long history with the company will continue to grow," Gov. Jay Inslee said. "As production rates increase and the company looks to roll out new airplane derivatives in Washington, it is clear this facility is going to see a lot of use."

The 180,000-sq.-ft. facility triples the amount of office, conference and delivery operations space compared to the previous EDC. The building has three floors for customers and delivery.

There are more than 20 conference rooms and 35 offices.

"Boeing is producing market-leading commercial airplanes at its highest rates ever," said Pat Shanahan, senior vice president and general manager, Airplane Programs, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The new facility enables us to meet growing demands and continue doing what our team does best – exceed customer expectations."

Seattle-based DLR Group created the "Embrace the Plane" design, which features a curved architecture that allows airplanes to pull up to the building and connect by custom boarding bridges. Construction led by Skanska began in March.

"Last year we delivered a record 183 airplanes and this new facility will help us continue to increase deliveries," Tom Maxwell, Everett Delivery Center vice president, said. "The expanded space will also allow us to keep pace with customer demands."