Boeing’s South Carolina facility was once suggested as the location for the final assembly of the aircraft giant’s next big jet, but a deal is now in place to assemble the proposed aircraft in Washington State.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced the deal Tuesday, which would hinge on the approval of Boeing’s unionized machinists and whether the state passes tax incentives that favor the corporation. Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union had come to an agreement that would locate the final assembly of the aircraft in the Seattle area.
“This is important to everyone with a stake in Boeing – including our employees, the community and our customers,” Ray Conner, head of Boeing’s commercial airplanes unit, said in a statement. “We look forward to the ratification (of the contract) and a long successful future as the global leader in aerospace.”
The Boeing assembly facility in North Charleston had been rumored as a possible location for the final assembly of the new 777X aircraft.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee has called for a special session of the state legislature on Thursday to approve a package of tax and policy incentives for Boeing that the governor’s office valued at around $18.7 billion. Inslee said approval of that package and of the labor agreement are necessary for Boeing to make the 777X at its base in Puget Sound.
The union is expected to vote on the deal next week.