As you look up to see a tiny figure leaving a smoke trail among the clouds, rarely does one consider how much time and work is required to manufacture a plane. Boeing has been a long-time pioneer in the aircraft manufacturing industry, founded more than a century ago. Today, the company has manufacturing facilities in more than nine states, and 10,000 Boeing jetliners are currently in service worldwide.
In 2011, Boeing opened its second assembly and delivery facility, spanning 58,000 square-feet across three floors in South Carolina. In an effort to streamline the production process and increase delivery time, plans were made to renovate the Charleston Boeing Delivery Center into a state-of-the-art aircraft paint facility in 2014. Prior to the development, Boeing was forced to send their aircrafts out of state to be painted, delaying the production process and final product. The new 256,000 square-foot facility now stands 10 stories high and reaches almost two football fields in length, making it large enough to host two Boeing 787 Dreamliners at the same time.