Production of Boeing Helicopters Halted After Factory Shuttered by COVID-19 Pandemic

Production of several Boeing helicopters and related vehicles will cease for several weeks as the company shuts down its factory amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the company announced Thursday.

Aircraft maker Boeing will temporarily close its factory in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, for two weeks “in light of the company’s continuous assessment of the spread of COVID-19 in the region,” the company announced on Thursday. The closure will begin on Friday and extend until April 20.

The plant makes many of the company’s vertical lift aircraft, including the H-47 Chinook and MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopters and the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.

“Suspending operations at our vital military rotorcraft facilities is a serious step, but a necessary one for the health and safety of our employees and their communities,” Steve Parker, Boeing Vertical Lift vice president and general manager and Philadelphia site senior executive, said in a Boeing news release.

“We’re working closely with government and public health officials in the tri-state region. We’re also in contact with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders affected by this temporary suspension as we assist in the national effort to combat the spread of COVID-19,” Parker said.

More than 7,000 cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the state of Pennsylvania, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but the neighboring states of New Jersey and New York have well over 100,000…

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