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Boeing's South Carolina 787 plant catches up on 72% of work

  • Boeing (BA +0.8%) says its 787 manufacturing plant in South Carolina has reduced behind-schedule aircraft work by 72%, suggesting it is getting past problems that snarled production earlier this year.
  • The company says the success puts aft, mid-body and final assembly operations in both Washington state and South Carolina into a better position for a smoother, more efficient, more stable production flow.
  • Boeing aims to entirely eliminate "traveled work" - jobs moved to another work station or factory from where they are supposed to be done - but has not achieved that so far.
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  • phawk33
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    A "Bonus" for catching up on work that should have been? Reward for poor performance? Hmmm!
    13 May 2014, 11:18 AM Reply Like
  • Abigsoxfan
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    Any time a new product comes out (especially one with new manufacturing processes such as building a commercial airliner out of carbon fiber for the first time) glitches are going to happen. Nice to hear they are working through them. The market obviously likes what it sees and hears at Boeing is approaching all-time highs.
    13 May 2014, 11:24 AM Reply Like
  • larocag
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    You might consider the possibility that the back-up was not the fault of the workers but the design of the assembly line or features of the parts that the workers were trying to assemble.

     

    One group fixing another groups problems.
    13 May 2014, 11:26 AM Reply Like
  • Bogie 1
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    It's called teamwork. Great companies do that you know!!
    13 May 2014, 11:28 AM Reply Like
  • combie
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    Ah, if you only knew the real story!
    But like all good long investors, you don't want the truth only the returns!
    13 May 2014, 11:37 AM Reply Like
  • dacama1
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    Well why don't you tell it to us?
    13 May 2014, 04:56 PM Reply Like
  • larocag
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    combie... you should get together with thomas85225 here on SA. You seem to share similar views.
    13 May 2014, 06:57 PM Reply Like
  • bberuch
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    this monumental project as with all of such magnitude included some less than optimum events along the way. Management are not magicians, but have persevered to make thing better. I would have loved for it to be more optimum execution, but the odds against it were stacked. Let's give credit where credit is due.
    13 May 2014, 12:10 PM Reply Like
  • 2puttwo
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    Haven't heard from Thomas lately. Maybe he's in South Carolina kicking butt!
    14 May 2014, 01:26 AM Reply Like
  • joegillam
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    Thomas sent Combie in to pinch hit.
    14 May 2014, 08:03 AM Reply Like
  • combie
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    40 years at Boeing, Retired because I do not agree with the leaderships business models, and yes, I was high up enough to make a difference but did not want to take on such a monumental task.
    Stock price is great and I own lots, but that is not the point or the reasons for my comments.
    Boeing is making tearable decisions that will destroy the company a few years down the road. This whole "manage by MBA" will cost in the long run and the ONLY thing keeping Boeing out of trouble right now is the orders coming in, but that could change in a heart beat and it can all turn to trouble before any of us can get out!
    The only ones really making out are the leaders giving themselves huge pay for a job that any high school senior could do in the current environment.
    I know exactly what is gong on inside and before it all comes apart, I will be out, just hope the rest of you see it coming!
    28 May 2014, 05:52 PM Reply Like
  • joegillam
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    Combie.........When does your book come out? Might be a great story........Let's see: "Hero was able to make a difference, but chose not to make the move." No, on second thought there is nothing there.
    29 May 2014, 09:29 AM Reply Like
  • combie
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    No hero needed, leadership will do what they want to maximize stock holder value and their bonuses, no matter what the long term affects are.
    Health over profits. Life is good on the retirement side and don't really care what Boeing does as long as the pension checks keep coming!
    Just like to comment when all the talking heads do whatever they can to keep a positive spin on Boeing stock.
    29 May 2014, 07:20 PM Reply Like
  • joegillam
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    Combie,

     

    You don't synchronize. If things at Boeing are as bad as you say you need to worry about that retirement check and I would recommend selling your "large" stock holding. And, Combie the positive spin just might be some fine products, like the 737, 787 and 777. You remember, those things that have their order book backed up 5 years and 4 billion dollars. I'm long on Boeing and very comfortable about it.

     

    Joe In Georgia
    30 May 2014, 07:31 AM Reply Like
  • combie
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    Good, keep at it.
    Worked on all those planes and proud of them, just not proud of the leadership directions.
    What they are doing today has no affect on you or your stock holdings, BUT, does have a huge affect on the future of the company. May not hurt you this year or even next, but it wheels will come off the cart and Boeing will suffer for the decisions they are making today.
    You as an investor are lucky to have the airplane business in an "take orders" position right now, but any glitch in the world economy and all that can go away in weeks.
    Just be careful.
    I have no Boeing stock now and hope my pension does not suffer, but not much us retiries can do about it now days.
    30 May 2014, 11:10 AM Reply Like
  • joegillam
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    Combie,

     

    See you followed my advice and sold your BA. Good for you. Now you can sleep a bit better.

     

    From your May 28 post: "Stock price is great and I own lots, but that is not the point or the reasons for my comments."

     

    My Boeing is just a small percentage of my holdings, so if the wheels (or in this case the wings) come off I will not be hurt. The only position I am heavy on is GE and with their huge world wide foot print and varied areas they are more like a mutual fund than a stock. And, like Boeing I feel solid on GE. But GE is still just a hair over 10% of my portfolio.

     

    Say hello to Thomas for me.

     

    Joe In Georgia
    30 May 2014, 03:40 PM Reply Like
  • Abigsoxfan
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    From your May 28 post: "Stock price is great and I own lots, but that is not the point or the reasons for my comments."

     

    Hmm Joe? Are you saying combie is not keeping his story straight? One day he owns lots of stock and suddenly he owns none? Mark Twain once said when telling a tale stick to the truth, it makes it easier to keep your story straight. Maybe combie should take to that advice as his lies may catch up to him.
    31 May 2014, 09:20 AM Reply Like
  • joegillam
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    Yea, Combie and his bud Thomas sure don't like Boeing. But, I must say they sure keep the Boeing topic interesting.
    1 Jun 2014, 09:01 AM Reply Like
  • combie
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    I love Boeing, the old Boeing that worked on employee relationships more than stock holder value and they still made boat loads of money!
    Yes, I sold my stock, both mine and what the company gave me over the years, just had other places to invest for now. No big deal and my story has always been the same.
    I do not like the leadership at Boeing now and want to see Boeing and corporate america to change back to what made them great. Corporate America cannot sustain this way of life and sooner or later the wings or wheels will come off and America will be a suburb of China and the rest of the world that is now building a middle class not destroying it!
    2 Jun 2014, 12:16 PM Reply Like
  • larocag
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    You seem to have a problem not only with Boeing but the rest of America--a little game of "Ain't it terrible" (or is it tearable).

     

    Over the 30 years I worked at Boeing, I would say management has improved by leaps and bounds. When I first started each group was its own often in competition with other groups, there were no written down agreements on who would give what to whom and when. As an engineer, I could work on whatever I found interesting for months before being redirected to tailor my work to be more useful. It was a lot more interesting as an employee, but not good for getting work done.

     

    When Boeing went from being a "family" to being a "team", it was a bit of a sacrifice for the employees but I think it is better for Boeing overall.
    2 Jun 2014, 01:02 PM Reply Like
  • combie
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    But is it better for our country and the future of manufacturing in America?
    Right now, it only seems better for an elite group of leaders and stock holders!
    7 Jul 2014, 10:10 AM Reply Like
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