Boeing Fuels St. Louis Assembly Line During Uncertain Period

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Future production of the F/A-18 Hornet at Boeing's St. Louis facility hinges on new orders. | Courtesy of Boeing Co.

Boeing Co. is self-funding some materials needed to keep producing EA-18G electronic attack planes in St. Louis for several months until Congress decides whether it will fund 22 more jets in fiscal 2015. Production of the EA-18G Growlers and F/A-18 Hornet, both produced at Boeing’s assembly line in Hazelwood, would cease by the end of 2016 unless the company receives additional orders.

A federal omnibus spending bill signed into law earlier this year contained a down payment of $75 million for the 22 planes, but the U.S. Navy’s fiscal 2015 budget did not include the planes. Boeing will continue to lobby Congress to add money for the 22 planes.

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