Gov. Jay Nixon said he had an “extremely productive” meeting in St. Louis with executives of Boeing to pitch the region as a home for final assembly of the next-generation passenger plane.
Boeing is scouting locations nationwide to build a plant after members of the Machinists union in Seattle rejected pension cuts and other concessions last week tied to building the 777X there. Boeing, which already produces military planes in the St. Louis metropolitan area, plans to announce by January where it plans to manufacture the 777X.
Nixon told Boeing executives his administration “would work quickly and aggressively to meet the company’s accelerated timeline and secure this unprecedented project.” He said, “Production of the 777X in Missouri would provide a massive shot in the arm to our state’s economy.” Nixon didn’t mention, however, whether the state would provide financial incentives – such as other states have done – to woo Boeing.