GKN Aerospace Selects Pierce County, Wash.

20 Jan, 2015

United Kingdom-based GKN Aerospace recently selected Sumner, Wash., as the location for a facility where it will assemble and paint the 737 MAX Advanced Technology (AT) Winglets for The Boeing Co.

The new winglet production location will open in 2015 and employ approximately 75 people at full production, with more possible in the future as the 737 MAX ramps up. Employees will be drawn from Pierce County’s large pool of highly skilled aerospace and composite workers.

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee, the Washington Aerospace Partnership, the EDB for Tacoma-Pierce County, and the city of Sumner, combined forces to inform GKN about the skilled workforce, great transportation and opportunities in Pierce County, and pointed out several possible locations. In the end, GKN selected a 57,000-square-foot location in Sumner where a previous tenant had also required a paint plant.

Learn more by visiting the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.

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