US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has officially opened its first European manufacturing site in South Yorkshire.
The £40m site, has opened in Catcliffe, near Rotherham. The site houses 52 staff, producing aircraft components in a 6,200 square metre factory.
The factory, which is also the teaching site for 25 apprentice staff, is situated next to a research centre founded in 2001 by Boeing and the University of Sheffield.
Boeing said the new site proved the firm’s commitment “to UK prosperity”.
Over 100 different parts of the 737 and 767 planes are made at the factory before being shipped to the US.
James Needham, operations manager at Boeing Sheffield spoke about the official launch yesterday saying that it was “about celebrating the milestone we’ve achieved in opening our factory.”
“We have a tough challenge ahead to make the parts and hit the ferocious rate we need to achieve to keep these commercial airplanes flying us all on holiday next summer.”
A globally recognised manufacturing brand opening in Sheffield has been widely welcomed by the local council, who expressed the need to provide further opportunities for younger people in the area.
Julie Dore, Sheffield City Council leader, particularly welcomed the amount of apprenticeships on offer.
The national government too joined in the celebrations, with Greg Clark, the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, saying that: “Boeing choosing the heart of South Yorkshire as its first European home is testament to our capabilities, talent pool and strong manufacturing supply chains which are vital to job creation and creating value for local economies.”