Boeing will spend some $35 million to expand its Helena, Mont., plant by 55,000 square feet, Boeing Chairman Jim McNerney announce Tuesday at a jobs summit in the state.
The plant produces metal parts for Boeing's commercial aircraft including the Boeing 737, 747, 767 and 787. The addition will expand the existing plant by about 50 percent.
Among the work to be done at the plant addition will be parts manufacturing for Boeing's 787-10, the newest and largest of the 787 Dreamliner series. The 787-10 is still being designed.
"Our further investment in Montana is testament to our Helena team's ability to deliver on their commitments and establish themselves as a reliable, globally competitive supplier to our commercial airplane programs," McNerney said in a news release.
Construction will begin this fall on the south side of the existing facility, with estimated completion by the fourth quarter of 2014. Boeing expects the expansion and increased work to add 20 to 25 people to the 144-person workforce, the company said.
"Boeing Helena has a great future ahead in support of unprecedented production rates," said Eric Smith, director and site leader, Boeing Helena. "This expansion ensures we have the stable workforce, skills and now the manufacturing space we need to support production requirements and take on new production for the 787-10."