Boeing’s centennial year was one of continued, consistent investment in Washington state, and of increased commitment to its many community partners, according to a new report about the company’s impact on the region.
The Washington 2016 Impact Report, found here, updates data first released a year ago. The report was created to better inform employees and the public about the major role the company plays in the local economy and through community involvement.
“We are so proud of the incredible scope and depth of our positive impact in Washington,” said Bill McSherry, vice president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Government Operations. “Whether it’s the money Boeing puts towards education, our employees’ commitment to volunteering in their local communities, or the ripple effect of more than 252,000 jobs in Washington supported by aerospace, Boeing’s positive impact truly stretches to every corner of the state.”
The data in the new report demonstrates that 2016 was a year of continued, consistent investment in Washington and increased commitment to many community partners. In 2016, Boeing not only opened its new Composite Wing Center in Everett. Wash. but completed the first composite production tests inside it. Additionally, Boeing broke ground for a new Workforce Readiness Center in Auburn, Wash. in 2016 and began flight testing for the 737 MAX which is assembled exclusively in the state.
The report also shows Boeing’s local investments extended well beyond the company to several hundred community partners. “Those investments have had a tremendous, positive influence on the men, women and children who call the Puget Sound home, said McSherry.
Report highlights include:
- $6 million in 2016 grants supporting education in Washington
- More than 350,000 children reached through Boeing-supported education programs
- Nearly 1.5 million meals provided for local families in need
- More than 1,000 people enrolled in job training programs supported with Boeing grants
- Boeing received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for leadership in energy conservation and efficiency for the 6th consecutive year
- Nearly 17,000 acres of water protected in Washington through Boeing partnerships
- Boeing’s Employees Community Fund (ECF) distributed $7.5 million to 60 nonprofit agencies in Washington focused on housing, hunger, childcare and social services
By Deborah Feldman