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After a couple months of speculation about the move, Boeing Co. confirmed Thursday it will consolidate production of its 787 Dreamliner jet in South Carolina, marking a major shift for the company and dealing a serious blow to Washington state’s aerospace sector.

The changes will close the 787 production line in Everett, Wash., which has been splitting final assembly with Boeing’s plant in North Charleston.

The consolidation will begin in mid-2021, the company said.

“As our customers manage through the unprecedented global pandemic, to ensure the long-term success of the 787 program, we are consolidating 787 production in South Carolina,” Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a statement.

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