Missouri’s bid for Boeing’s 777X assembly plant, obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch through the Missouri Sunshine Act, sheds new detail on the state and local efforts to land the plant. The facility could have created 8,500 jobs, but Boeing decided to keep in the Seattle area after union Machinists there accepted a new contract earlier this month.
Bridgeton’s Berry Hill Golf Course was part of a site of just under 400 acres on the northwestern edge of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport that state and local officials were pitching last month to Boeing. They proposed a smaller site near the airport for a plant to build just the 777X’s composite wing.
While much of the debate about the proposal centered on $3.5 billion in state and local tax incentives that Missouri and St. Louis County lawmakers approved, the document itself focused on more nuts-and-bolts issues such as utilities, environmental conditions and workforce data and could serve as a blueprint for other large-scale manufacturing to the region.