ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Aerospace giant Boeing announced Thursday that it is moving hundreds of research and development jobs to its north St. Louis County plant.

Between 300 and 400 jobs are expected to be added, focusing on Systems Technology, Digital Aviation and Metallics and Fabrication.

The new jobs will be available in 2015.

“This latest announcement by a long-time Show-Me State employer is a sign that Missouri continues to attract high-tech jobs in high-demand fields,” Gov. Jay Nixon said in a emailed statement.

“Last year, Missouri had the third-fastest rate of tech job growth in the nation. It’s clear that with our highly trained workforce, our continued investments in education, and our strong relationship with great corporate partners like Boeing, Missouri’s economy will keep moving forward,” the governor added.

The jobs will be moved from the Puget Sound region of Washington.

Nixon and regional leaders are hoping to lure Boeing to manufacture its 777X airliner in north St. Louis County. That project could create as many as 8,500 jobs.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley praised the company’s decision Thursday, tweeting “we’re doing the right things to attract jobs to this region.”

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