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Huntsville in contention for possible Boeing expansion

Production of the 777X aircraft could relocate following the rejection of a new union contract. (Source: Boeing) Production of the 777X aircraft could relocate following the rejection of a new union contract. (Source: Boeing)
Mayor Battle said the city would welcome a growing presence by Boeing. Mayor Battle said the city would welcome a growing presence by Boeing.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Boeing is looking for a new location to develop its new 777X airplane.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Seattle voted down a contract proposal Wednesday. The company offered an eight-year deal for the assembling of its newest aircraft in Washington State.

The workers rejected the plan, saying they would have exchanged concessions for decades of secure jobs.

This opens the door for the City of Huntsville to give Boeing a chance to expand.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said the city would love to work with Boeing in expanding, citing that the company already has 2,200 employees working in the Rocket City.

Boeing spokesperson Doug Alder issued a statement to WAFF 48 News:

Boeing is actively pursuing all options when it comes to 777X location. That includes everything inside the Boeing enterprise and outside.

Other plant locations Boeing could consider expanding include Salt Lake City UT, Long Beach CA, and Charleston SC, as well as locations in Texas and Georgia. If the company decided to choose a right-to-work state, California would no longer be in contention.

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