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Nixon Reacts to Boeing Staying in Seattle for 777x Production

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo -- Missouri loses out on a contract to build the Boeing 777x, when machinists ratify a new contract to keep the project in Seattle.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Union machinists have approved Boeing's latest eight-year contract proposal, keeping assembly of the company's new 777X airplane in Washington state.  Missouri, along with several other states, had been vying for the project if the union deal could not be reached.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is presenting a positive message in response to the news that Missouri will not be the site for construction of the Boeing 777X airliner.

In a statement, Nixon thanks, “the members of the General Assembly, our community colleges and our partners in business, labor and government for putting together a nationally recognized proposal that made Missouri one of the finalists for production of the Boeing 777X.”

Nixon says the efforts by those groups, “demonstrated once again that with an outstanding business climate, strong schools and a highly skilled workforce, Missouri is ready to compete in the 21st century global economy.”

He also noted a recent decision by Boeing to bring 700 research and technology jobs to St. Louis, and called that, “proof positive that Missouri is a top destination for high-tech jobs and investment.” Nixon adds, “I look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with this global aerospace leader and building on this solid foundation of growth.”

(story by Mike Lear, Missourinet)
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