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Boeing to Narrow Site List for 777X this Week

The company has received proposals from 22 states covering 54 sites
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SEATTLE (KMOX) - A Boeing executive said Tuesday the company is narrowing its options this week as it searches for a place to build the 777X passenger plane.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner told employees in an email that the company has received proposals from 22 states covering 54 sites.

“This week we are narrowing that list down to a handful, from which our final decisions will be made,” Conner said according to a copy of the email posted to the Washington Aerospace Partnership’s Facebook page.

Conner also reiterated that Boeing did not withdraw their offer last week during talks with the Puget Sound machinists union, but rather the union rejected the contract.

“We were sincere in asking for the union leadership’s commitment to support our improved final proposal as a tentative agreement that would be taken to a vote by IAM members with a recommendation for approval. However, that did not happen. The proposal was rejected in short order by IAM-751 leaders,” the email said.

“It was a rejection, plain and simple, and we now have to turn and face the reality of the union leadership’s final decision.”

Local union leaders have faced pressure in recent days for declining to put Boeing’s last offer to a vote. Some Machinists in the Puget Sound are planning to rally Wednesday in favor of a vote, and political leaders have also said union members should have a chance to determine the fate of the contract offer.

Associated Press writer Mike Baker contributed to this report.

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