Boeing Co.'s recent expansion of the Everett, Wash., Delivery Center is considered a major investment in a hub for commercial airplane delivery.

The EDC plays a critical role in all operations related to the Everett site, particularly in facilitating the delivery of the 747, 767, 777 and 787 airplanes.

The investment is mainly in the development of the conference facility, a new state-of-the-art facility, and delivery operations space.

With production rates increasing across all airplane programs, we expect deliveries in record numbers for years to come, stated Jeff Klemann, vice president of the delivery center.

Since the initiation of the facility in the late 1960s, around 3,500 airplanes have been delivered so far.

The current expansion is yet another positive announcement by the company following the withdrawal of charge by the machinists union and the subsequent approval of the National Labor Relations Board.

The union has withdrawn all earlier charges that Boeing is defying federal labor law and illegally retaliating in response to the union's previous strikes by constructing a non-union plant in South Carolina instead of Washington.

As per the agreement between the company and the union, the latter gave its consent to remove all charges in return for Boeing's choosing to build a new version of its 737 airplane in Washington.