Boeing Co. will add 300 to 400 new jobs at three research and development centers that it plans open in the St. Louis area, filling those positions over the next two years, mostly with new hires.
The centers will handle R&D for systems technology, digital aviation and support technology and metallics and fabrication development.
Boeing also is establishing R&D centers in Huntsville, Ala.; Southern California; North Charleston, S.C.; and Seattle. The company will add the same number of workers in those locations as it is in St. Louis.
Boeing, which already employs about 15,000 people in metro St. Louis, has not decided on the location of its production facility for the 777X commercial airliner. In hopes of landing that facility, which could bring an additional 8,000 jobs to the area, the state and St. Louis County recently approved separate incentive packages that could be worth a combined $3.5 billion.