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Boeing has resumed production of the 737 Max at the company’s Renton, Wash., factory. The 737 program began building airplanes at a low rate as it implements more than a dozen initiatives focused on enhancing workplace safety and product quality.
“We’ve been on a continuous journey to evolve our production system and make it even stronger,” said Walt Odisho, vice-president and general manager of the 737 program. “These initiatives are the next step in creating the optimal build environment for the 737 Max.”
During the temporary suspension of production that began in January, mechanics and engineers collaborated to refine and standardize work packages in each position of the factory. New kitting processes will also ensure that employees have everything they need at their fingertips to build the airplane.
“The steps we’ve taken in the factory will help drive our goal of 100 per cent quality for our customers while supporting our ongoing commitment to workplace safety,” said Scott Stocker, vice-president of 737 Manufacturing.
The 737 program will gradually ramp up production this year.