ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -– In France as part of the administration’s trade mission to Western Europe, Governor Jay Nixon announced Aerospace giant Boeing will open an information technology center at its north St. Louis County campus and add 400 jobs in the process.

According to Nixon’s office, the plan is part of Boeing’s large-scale restructuring of its IT operations, currently located in Seattle.

“Once again, another iconic brand that calls Missouri home is choosing to increase its investment in the Show-Me State, leading to high-paying jobs for Missourians and providing another significant boost to the state’s economy,” Gov. Nixon said.

“The decision by Boeing to open an information technology center in St. Louis follows news of other major expansions by Monsanto and Ford that were announced this spring, totaling thousands of new career-supporting jobs that continue to power Missouri’s economy.”

Boeing is launching a plan to realign its 7,900 person internal IT unit, which handles a wide range of services for the company including fixing laptops to designing complex aircraft software.

As part of the reconfiguration, the company plans to add the jobs at it’s defense unit headquarters here, while others will be moved to the company s location in Charleston, South Carolina. Boeing already employees some 15,000 workers in St. Louis.

Nixon says the move will further position St. Louis as a region with significant strength in the technology industry. In just the past two years, companies such as Unisys, Express Scripts and Wells Fargo Advisors, among others, have increased their hiring of IT workers.


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