Boeing to Temporarily Suspend Puget Sound Production Operations Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Boeing announced a temporary suspension of production operations at its Puget Sound area facilities in response to escalating coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The company said in a statement that the suspension is in light of the state of emergency in Washington state and the company’s continuous assessment of the accelerating spread of the coronavirus in the region.

“These actions are being taken to ensure the well-being of employees, their families and the local community, and will include an orderly shutdown consistent with the requirements of its customers”, the company statement read.

Boeing plans to begin reducing production activity on March 23 and projects the suspension of such operations to begin on Wednesday, March 25, at sites across the Puget Sound area. The suspension of production operations will last 14 days.

During the suspension, Boeing said that it will continue to monitor government guidance and actions on COVID-19 and its associated impacts on all of its operations.

“During this time, we will be conducting additional deep cleaning activities at impacted sites and establishing rigorous criteria for return to work”, the statement sai.

“This necessary step protects our employees and the communities where they work and live,” said Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun. “We continue to work closely with public health officials, and we’re in contact with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders who are affected by this temporary suspension. We regret the difficulty this will cause them, as well as our employees, but it’s vital to maintain health and safety for all those who support our products and services, and to assist in the national effort to combat the spread of COVID-19,” Calhoun added.

Puget Sound area-based employees who can work from home will continue to do so. Those who cannot work remotely will receive paid leave for the initial 10 working days of the suspension – double the company policy – which will provide coverage for the 14 calendar day suspension period.

“We will keep our employees, customers and supply chain top of mind as we continue to assess the evolving situation,” Calhoun said. “This is an unprecedented time for organizations and communities across the globe.”

According to the Boeing statement, the company is working to minimize this suspension’s impact on the company’s ability to deliver and support its defense and space programs, and “ensure the readiness of our defense customers to perform their vital missions”.

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