North Carolina is now also making a pitch for the 777X, according to a Charlotte newspaper.
The news comes as several states are rushing to get incentives passed and proposals submitted to The Boeing Co. by Tuesday in the hopes of securing the 777X aircraft assembly work.
Everett, Wash., Long Beach, Calif., and North Charleston have been listed as top contenders for the work by aerospace analysts for weeks. But other states are jumping into the competition following Boeing’s recent request for proposals sent out recently to 15 cities and states.
Following the Machinists union rejection of Boeing’s initial labor agreement that would have secured 777X assembly in Washington state, Washington state leaders still hope to nab the work.
Aerospace Office Director Alex Pietsch said he’s working with leaders from the state’s Department of Commerce and economic development agencies to meet Boeing’s needs and submit a proposal, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.
“We’re in a different place than all these other states in that we’ve been working on this since May — and I’ve been working on this for a year and half,” Pietsch said in the story. “We’ve had an opportunity to talk to stakeholders from around the state about this opportunity.”
Missouri’s state Senate passed Wednesday a $1.7 billion package that could offer incentives for the aerospace giant over the next two decades. The vote goes to the House for final approval, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Boeing requested a proposal from Charlotte, the Charlotte Observer reports. Charlotte has undeveloped land around the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, a new rail yard and a skilled manufacturing workforce, the story said. It does not have incentives in play yet, however, and lacks a port.
The state of Kansas is working on a proposal as well, although no details have been provided yet, according to the Wichita Business Journal.
Boeing did not request a proposal from Wisconsin, but it’s submitting one anyway in the hopes of snagging 777X production, according to a statement from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
But Gov Nikki Haley did say during a recent visit to Charleston that the state has been in contact with Boeing leadership and that it’s willing to work to bring another aircraft assembly line to North Charleston.
Boeing South Carolina shares assembly of the Dreamliner 787 with Boeing operations in Everett. Since 2011, the company has hired roughly 6,200 workers with plans to hire an additional 2,000 more in North Charleston. It plans to close on 267 acres adjacent to its existing 787 Dreamliner assembly plant in North Charleston this month. (The Charleston County Aviation Authority will sell the land to Palmetto Railways, which will lease it to Boeing).
"At this juncture, it's fair to say everyone who is vying for the 777X has a legitimate chance of snaring the work. Until it is actually awarded, we won't know whose bid was what drove Boeing to them and why," said Saj Ahmad, chief analyst with StrategicAero Research, an aerospace analysis and research consultancy, in an email.
By Tuesday, Boeing should have 15 proposals submitted to them with postmarks and IP addresses from around the U.S.