Politicians and economic development officials around the nation were spurred into action by news that Boeing is in the hunt for a new location to build its 777X and fabricate the plane’s large composite wing.
In Southern California, where aerospace employment has fallen nearly 70 percent since 1990, the chair of the state Assembly’s aerospace committee said he’d urge Gov. Jerry Brown to get in touch with Boeing immediately.
“Time is of the essence. We have an opportunity here to bring thousands of jobs back home. This must be a priority.”
Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance)
Long Beach is seen as a prime candidate for the plant. Gov. Brown has not yet commented on the matter, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert met Thursday with Boeing representatives to talk about putting 777X production in his state, where the company now fabricates composite pieces for the 787 horizontal stabilizer. No further meetings were immediately scheduled.
In South Carolina, where Boeing now assembles 787s and builds fuselage sections for the mostly-composite plane, Sen. Lindsey Graham cautioned residents not to assume the 777X work will come their way.
“I don’t want to get people’s hopes up about where the 777 project will go.”
S.C.’s senior U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham
Graham said South Carolina Gov. Gov. Nikki Haley has been in touch with Boeing. She said Friday it’s too early to talk about whether South Carolina will try to draw up incentives to lure the 777X..