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Charleston, South Carolina - Boeing re-started Boeing 787 production at its Charleston plant yesterday night for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown on April 8.

According to the company press release, the return includes all operations that were suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with the third shift. The first and second shift started this morning.

Boeing extra precautions have been taken in the plant to ensure the safety and health of its employees.

"The health and safety of our teammates, their families, and our community is our shared priority," 

said Brad Zaback, Boeing South Carolina site leader and 787 vice president and general manager.

"Our approach to the resumption of operations ensures we honor that priority by ensuring personal protective equipment is readily available and that all necessary safety measures are in place to resume essential work for our customers and prioritize the health and safety of our team. We have also taken the necessary steps to ensure a steady supply base for our operations."

All buildings have been cleaned including pressure washing restrooms and cleaning of break areas, cafeterias, conference rooms, and other community spaces. Signages were added to remind workers to stay cleanliness on their minds with new hand sanitation stations at multiple spots.

No-touch thermal scanners will also be available for voluntary temperature screenings for all employees.

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