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SEATTLE — Boeing plans to extend work on 787 Dreamliner jetliners at its main widebody factory north of Seattle for months after it shutters production there next year and shifts final assembly to South Carolina.

The jet manufacturer intends to use the freed-up space at the Everett plant to inspect and repair any defects in the carbon-composite airframes of Dreamliners.

Also read: Boeing moves all 787 assembly lines to North Charleston

A Boeing spokesperson confirmed the company's move while rejecting to comment how long the inspections would continue or how many workers would stay on to support the 787 program. 

About 1,000 mechanics and electricians assemble Dreamliners in Everett, a storied plant that risks being hollowed out over the next two years as Boeing winds down work on its 747 jumbojet.

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