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November 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Boeing talks to Alabama officials about 777X

Gov. Robert Bentley and Alabama officials met with Boeing representatives Tuesday in Birmingham to discuss the possibility of locating the company’s new jet manufacturing plant in Huntsville.

AL.com reported that Bentley told a state business gathering later in the day that Boeing’s emissaries were “very impressed with Alabama.”

“I’m not saying we’re going to get it, but let me tell you they do like Alabama.”

Boeing has said some 777X engineering work will be done in Huntsville, where the company has operated space- and rocket-related facilities for five decades.

“It would be a logical next step for Boeing to bring a portion of its 777X assembly to Huntsville,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, according to Made in Alabama, a website published by the state’s Department of Commerce.

An internal analysis by Boeing that was reported by The Seattle Times before the Nov. 13 Machinists’ vote listed Salt Lake City, Utah; Long Beach, Calif.; and Birmingham as three potential sites if production is not located in Everett.

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