From S.C. news and wall street journal:
Boeing Co. will cut hundreds of jobs at a South Carolina plant that makes 787 Dreamliners this year, but the move has NOTHING to do with the grounding of the troubled jetliner, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The cuts, which chiefly target contract workers, are not uncommon as productivity improves on an airplane program and were conceived before major problems with the 787s battery surfaced, the Journal said. Two high-profile battery malfunctions led to international aviation regulators grounding the jetliner in mid-January.
Boeing wants the land for future use as described in the news articles about the purchase. They can strart up new planes on the property or use it to maintain production if another site has problems.
But it looks like it wil be some time before they build anythng on the site.
The 787 layoffs are those working in the modification center. Most of the initial production planes had to go thru the modification center for updates. There are only about 20 planes left to be reworked and 10 of those are in rework now.
It was just announced that too they will layoff 800 production people in Seattle area too. 787 & 747- lines. With the newly acquired property (382 acres) Boeing bought in SC, maybe plans are in the works to build a new line for the Next 777-X plane.. By having 2 production lines 787 & 777X located in SC, they wouldn't have to worry about any strikes by the Union workers in Wa.State?