WORK has begun on aerospace giant Boeing’s new £40 million factory near Catcliffe.
The new plant, which will be named Boeing Sheffield, will be built next to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre founded by Boeing and the University of Sheffield in 2001.
Boeing said the facility would create around 30 jobs, including 19 manufacturing apprentices who are already being trained at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Training Centre.
Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland, said: “Seven months after announcing our intention to build a factory in South Yorkshire, we are proud to celebrate the ground-breaking of Boeing Sheffield and welcome more Boeing employees to our company.
“Boeing Sheffield is further evidence of Boeing’s long-term commitment to the prosperity of this country.
“We are grateful to the communities of Sheffield and Rotherham, as well as Sheffield City Council and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, for supporting Boeing Sheffield and our growing presence in the region.”
The factory will produce up to 8,000 components per month that will be shipped to Boeing Portland, in the US, to be assembled into actuation systems.
Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We are proud and delighted to have helped bring Boeing to the Sheffield City Region.
“This region has unsurpassed brilliance in research and advanced manufacturing capabilities, and it is a tribute to the partnership working with the University of Sheffield, Boeing, and the local authorities that this investment, and the exciting future it represents, has come about.”