During a meeting in St. Louis today, Gov. Jay Nixon told top executives at Boeing that Missouri was committed to producing the company's next-generation Boeing 777X in the Show-Me State. Gov. Nixon said his administration would work quickly and aggressively to meet the company's accelerated timeline and secure this unprecedented project.
"This was an extremely productive meeting and I am committed to competing for and winning this game-changing project on the aggressive timeline set by the company," Gov. Nixon said. "From Charles Lindbergh to the Mercury space capsules to Boeing's JDAM missile, Missouri has a long history of excellence in the aerospace industry and today our future looks even brighter. Production of the 777X in Missouri would provide a massive shot in the arm to our state's economy."
Boeing is expected to select a location for production of the 777X by early January. Boeing currently employs approximately 15,000 in Missouri, including thousands of skilled machinists in the St. Louis region. At the International Paris Air Show in June, Gov. Nixon announced that Boeing planned to add at least 400 IT jobs to its north St. Louis County campus, headquarters of its defense unit, as part of a global realignment of its 7,900 person internal IT unit, which handles a wide range of services for the company including fixing laptops to designing complex aircraft software.
Under Gov. Nixon's leadership, Missouri has become a national leader in the rebirth of American manufacturing. In the summer of 2010, the Governor called a special session of the General Assembly to pass the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act, a package of strategic incentives to attract next-generation automotive manufacturing to the state. The bipartisan legislation was credited with keeping Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant, and its nearly 4,000 jobs, in Claycomo and laying the foundation for significant expansions undertaken by Ford in Kansas City, General Motors in Wentzville, and automotive parts suppliers in every corner of the state.
"The significant expansions underway at auto manufacturers in Claycomo and Wentzville are a testament to our ability to work collaboratively across party lines to bring next-generation manufacturing jobs to the Show-Me State," Gov. Nixon said. "This solid record of success, combined with our existing strong relationship with Boeing, makes Missouri a natural fit for production of the 777X line."