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.
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.
That question is at the center of the Missouri legislature’s decision to offer up to $1.7 billion in state tax dollars to entice Boeing to expand in Missouri.
Some insist Missouri made a positive impression on business leaders merely by trying to get Boeing to locate its 777X plant in the area.
“I really think this is, the coming year, a good opportunity to take a step back and examine the tax code and the incentives in Illinois,” Gov. Quinn says.
Boeing’s machinists union in the Seattle area is now saying that the company withdrew its latest 777X contract offer, leaving union members nothing to vote on.
The disagreement could bode well for the St. Louis region which has sent the company a proposal to manufacture the 777X.
Boeing announced Thursday that it is shifting hundreds of jobs to Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina as part of a restructuring of its U.S. research operations over the next two years.
Between 300 and 400 jobs are expected to be added, focusing on Systems Technology, Digital Aviation and Metallics and Fabrication.
The proposal would secure wing fabrication and final assembly work for Machinists in Washington state, the union said in a statement.