A more complete story will be posted online in the business section later today, but here are some details:
A Bellingham manufacturer has landed a significant project as it continues to ramp up production.
Heath Tecna was selected to retrofit the interior of nine 747-400 planes for China Airlines. This includes using what Heath Tecna calls the Nu-Look program, giving planes a more contemporary, open style similar to newer aircraft models, said Gary Chris, vice president of sales and market-ing for Heath Tecna.
It’s a key contract for the Bellingham company because it’s something Heath Tecna can work on right away, keeping the workforce busy as it gets ready to tackle other recently awarded contracts, including ones from Qantas Airways of Australia and British Airways. Heath Tecna is currently in a hiring mode, adding about 90 employees this year to bring the total workforce to nearly 500.
The contract with China Airlines is expected to last nine months.