Boeing’s South Carolina workforce has qualified for the incentive bonuses that management offered in January to catch up on 787 Dreamliner fabrication work, an official at the plant confirmed.

“Nice job by a great team!” wrote Jack Jones, vice president in charge of the North Charleston plant, in a memo to employees Monday. “Since January and as of today, (the number of jobs behind schedule) has been reduced by more than 72 percent.”

Regarding the second element of the preset goals, reducing the amount of incomplete work sent to final assembly, Jones said the aft and mid-body fuselage sections are now rolling out on average more than 95 percent complete.

Within the next month, workers will receive the incentive bonuses: 8 percent of last year’s gross pay for production workers, worth about $3,000 to $4,000; and a flat $2,500 for engineers and salaried staff.

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To qualify, the North Charleston workforce had to
reduce both the jobs behind schedule and the incomplete work to preset levels, then maintain that performance for 10 days. That was accomplished Monday.

Jones’ message said the goal was to “get our site more stable, to reduce overtime, have more weekends off, and a smoother, more efficient production operation.”

He added that he hopes now to gradually reduce the number of outside contractors brought in to help with the work, to make Saturday work voluntary and to eliminate the need for Sunday work, “with very few exceptions.”

“I have no doubt you can and will hold this efficiency in our operations, and you’ll continue to improve over the coming months,” Jones told employees.

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