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Boeing may move 777X out of Washington state

November 15, 2013 • Business


Union members celebrate the turn down of the proposed Boeing Corporation contract Wednesday night at the Internal Association of Machinists District 751 Headquarters in Seattle, Nov. 13, 2013. The vote would have secured production of the new Boeing 777x for the Seattle area in exchange for heavy worker contract cuts. The union voted to turn down the new contract by 67 percent. (AP Photo/The Herald, Genna Martin)

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing’s history in the Pacific Northwest dates back more than a century, when William Boeing purchased a Seattle shipyard that would become his first airplane factory.

In recent years, however, those ties have been fraying, first with the company shifting its headquarters to Chicago, then with the development of a new production line in South Carolina. Now, the relationship between Boeing and Washington state is near the point of unraveling after a fiery debate among machinists this week led the workers to reject a long-term contract.

On Thursday, Boeing made good on its threats and began looking elsewhere to develop its popular new 777X airplane. A spokesman for Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Boeing officials called him to begin talks that could bring the work — and thousands of jobs — to that state.

Boeing Co. spokesman Doug Alder declined to specify where the company is now looking, saying there is no short list and that there are Login to read more

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