Boeing South Carolina employees to receive bonuses

 Boeing S.C. employees gather outside the plant as the site's first 787 rolls out of the hangar. (Photo/Boeing)
Boeing S.C. employees gather outside the plant as the site's first 787 rolls out of the hangar. (Photo/Boeing)

By Matt Tomsic
Published Feb. 6, 2013

Boeing South Carolina team members are receiving a 6.9% bonus based on the company and site’s performance during 2012.

The bonuses are a percentage of workers’ base pay and the incentives come out to an additional 17.95 days of extra pay. The company determines the bonuses based on a combination of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and the Boeing Co.’s 2012 financial results and Boeing South Carolina site metrics, said Candy Eslinger, spokeswoman for Boeing. The site metrics measure safety, quality, morale, delivery and cost. The bonuses will be paid Feb. 28.

“This is the first year we have paid out on this plan,” Eslinger said, adding the company put it into place last year. “It’s exciting for us to be able to announce this kind of payout for our Boeing South Carolina teammates. We think it really says a lot about the dedication of our workforce and everything they accomplished in 2012.”

Those accomplishments included the completion and rollout of the first Lowcountry-built 787 Dreamliner, the plane’s first flight and three deliveries of locally built Dreamliners to Air India. Now, four 787s sit on the North Charleston flight line.

In late January, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney praised the company’s South Carolina workforce during an earnings conference call. McNerney said North Charleston workers have surpassed goals for assembly of the first 787, amount of traveled work, time taken to deliver airplanes and other metrics.

“We’re telling them No. 1, you’re doing a hell of a job, and No. 2, to keep charging,” McNerney said. “By and large, that team exceeded those metrics, and we’re very proud of them.”

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