JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Missouri’s two U.S. senators say their home state is the right place for Boeing Co. to build its new 777X commercial airplane.

In a letter Tuesday to Boeing executives, Republican Roy Blunt and Democratic Claire McCaskill said the St. Louis would make a strong, long term investment for Boeing.

Noting that the company already employees more than 15,000 people in Missouri.

Blunt and McCaskill highlighted Missouri’s transportation network including rail, highways and rivers and what they called the state’s “track record of success in building airplanes.”

Also they pointed towards the state’s skilled workforce, tremendous partnerships that exist between the business community and education entities, which allow businesses to benefit from global access and remain competitive in the international marketplace.

The senators made their pitch as Missouri legislators meet in a special session called by Gov. Jay Nixon to consider offering Boeing more than $1.7 billion worth of incentives over two decades.

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