Boeing Salt Lake creates first ever all “Utah made” airplane part

Posted at 3:29 PM, Sep 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 20:12:54-04

SALT LAKE CITY -  A new airplane part is all Utah made.

Boeing in Salt Lake successfully manufactured the small back wings of a 787 plane.

Many local leaders were there at the Boeing facility on Friday to celebrate.

They successfully built the back wings of a plane and together the wings are called a horizontal stabilizer.

They are the small wings that keep the plane stable and help it fly up and down.

A lot of employees worked to make this all locally made part.

Just in the last two years Boeing has brought 200 jobs to the Salt Lake area.

The company has three facilities in the state, in Salt Lake City, Northport, and West Jordan.

The West Jordan location is the newest facility and that is where a major portion of the horizontal stabilizer is built.

In total there are more than 760 employees with Boeing just in Utah.

“It's a big deal because first of all it's going on a fantastic airplane a Boeing 787 which will be flying for the next 20 or 30 years,” said Boeing Salt Lake’s General Manager Larry Coughlin.  “It's big structure it's new technology.  It employs a lot of people here in Utah.”

The lieutenant governor was also at the Boeing Salt Lake City facility.  He said he is proud Utah is one of the top states in the nation for aerospace manufacturing.