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Boeing to buy Vought plant in North Charleston for $580M

Jul. 7, 2009
Charleston Regional Business Journal
By Staff
Boeing announced today that it has agreed to acquire the Vought Aircraft Industries manufacturing plant in North Charleston for $580 million.
Boeing also will release Vought from paying back advances from Boeing on contracts for the 787 Dreamliner. The plant builds fuselage sections for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner airplane.

"Integrating this facility and its talented employees into Boeing will strengthen the 787 program by enabling us to accelerate productivity and efficiency improvements as we move toward production ramp-up," said Scott Carson, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "In addition, it will bolster our capability to develop and produce large composite structures that will contribute to the advancement of this critical technology."

"We take great pride knowing that we have been able to satisfy the technological and physical demands of the 787 program alongside much larger companies," said Elmer Doty, president and CEO of Vought Aircraft Industries. "However, the financial demands of this program are clearly growing beyond what a company our size can support. We are pleased that we will continue our 787 involvement at a component manufacturing level, as well as provide ongoing technical capabilities that have helped make Charleston a world-class composite facility."

Through the agreement, Boeing will acquire the North Charleston facility, its assets and inventory and will assume operation of the site, and the parties will resolve all matters related to Vought's prior work on the 787 program. The cash consideration to be paid to Vought at closing is approximately $580 million. In addition, Boeing will release Vought from its obligations to repay amounts previously advanced by Boeing. Separately, Boeing entered into new agreements with Vought for work packages on the 737, 777 and 787.

The deal is expected to close in the third quarter if Vought's lenders agree to the sale.
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