Boeing has announced that it is suspending manufacturing operations at its Ridley Township, Pennsylvania plant from Friday last week for a period of two weeks due to the company’s ongoing evaluation of the spread of Covid-19 in the region. .
This measure is intended to ensure the well-being of employees, their families and local communities, and will include an orderly closure taking into account the needs of defense clients in the United States and around the world.
The plant includes manufacturing and production facilities for military helicopters, including the H-47 Chinook, the V-22 Osprey and the MH-139A Gray Wolf.
Defense and commercial services work and engineering design activities are also carried out at that factory, Boeing explained in a press release.
The suspension of operations will last two weeks, and he is scheduled to return to work on April 20. During the suspension, Boeing will continue to monitor the government’s guidance and actions on Covid-19 and the associated impacts on the company’s operations.
During this time, the company will carry out additional deep cleaning activities in buildings and establish rigorous criteria for return to work.
Philadelphia area employees who can work from home will continue to do so. Those unable to work remotely will receive paid vacation within ten business days, double the company’s normal policy.
When the suspension is lifted, Boeing Philadelphia will restart production in an orderly manner with a focus on safety, quality, and meeting customer commitments. «This is a key step to enable recovery in the defense and aerospace sectors,» says the company.