Boeing Rules Out North Carolina Sites For 777X Assembly
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Boeing isn’t saying yet where it’s going to build its 777X jetliner but it is ruling out a few sites.
The News & Record newspaper in Greensboro, N.C. reports the state’s three potential sites were eliminated from contention Friday.
The news came in a short email from the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The Piedmont Triad International Airport, Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and Global TransPark were all being considered.
“Boeing has started notifying locations of their status in the 777X site selection process. We are not identifying any of those locations,” Doug Alder, a Boeing spokesman, told the newspaper. “We’re appreciative of everyone who has taken part, and our teams continue to evaluate the sites that remain under consideration. A final decision is expected early next year.”
A total of 54 sites in 22 states were up for consideration to build the 777x, including the company’s plant in north St. Louis County.
Last week, the St. Louis County Council unanimously approved a resolution to support $1.8 billion in tax incentives if Boeing were to come St. Louis for production of its new jetliner. Those tax breaks are in addition to $1.7 billion offered by a special session of the state legislature.
Gov. Jay Nixon says the $3.5 billion package puts Missouri near the top of the list but a Boeing executive wouldn’t tell KMOX News this week if that is true.
“I really can’t say because I haven’t seen what everybody else has done and what I’m trying to explain to you is, for a reason, guys like me are not a part of the evaluation,” George Roman, Boeing’s Vice President of State and Local Government Operations, said. “So I’m not going to speculate on what an evaluation team is doing for this company and how it affects 25 other states. It’s just not fair.”