Gov. Jay Nixon, legislative leaders and Boeing officials hold a groundbreaking ceremony today to begin construction on an expansion that will bring more than 700 new skilled-labor jobs to the region.
Boeing is adding 700 new production jobs in St. Louis for its new 777X passenger plane.
Missouri was in the running for a new Boeing assembly plant right up until the company decided to stay in Washington state.
777X airliner production hangs in the balance, as Mo. and other states wait and see.
“Passage is assured in the House, the votes are there in the Senate, and I believe we stand an excellent chance at making this progress”
Kinder was traveling Monday to St. Louis for a news conference with lawmakers and a city alderwoman.
“I think that ultimately, if they turn it down, it’s probably a positive for the state of Missouri,” Labor Council President Emeritus Bob Kelley said.
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.
Gov. Nixon says the $3.5 billion package puts Missouri near the top of the list but VP George Roman wouldn’t say if that is true.
Some insist Missouri made a positive impression on business leaders merely by trying to get Boeing to locate its 777X plant in the area.