Boeing has awarded GKN Aerospace a contract for final assembly and paint of Advanced Technology Winglets for the new 737 MAX.

The final assembly and paint work will be carried out at a 57,000 sq. ft. facility that GKN will operate in Sumner, utilizing some 75 workers when it opens late this year.

Staff recruitment will begin early in 2015 with the majority of the new team being drawn from the highly skilled workforce based in the state.

“GKN is a longtime, valued supplier to Boeing, and we’re pleased that our relationship has resulted in this additional work package,” said Kent Fisher, vice president and general manager of Supplier Management, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“We are proud to reestablish our presence in Washington State,” said GKN Aerostructures North America President and CEO Daniele Cagnatel. “Completing the assembly and painting near the 737 MAX Final Assembly site provides logistical advantages and support for emergent requirements.” 

Over the long term the company expects the Sumner site to support additional commercial programs’ assembly and painting needs.

“Sumner already has thousands of jobs in manufacturing,” said City of Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow. “It’s wonderful to be the place where goods are made in America and local families are supported with great jobs.”