Missouri opening its arms WIDE for Boeing

12/03/2013 4:02 PM

12/03/2013 4:02 PM

Two developments Tuesday in the effort to lure Boeing to build the new 777X Airliner in St. Louis.

First, Gov. Jay Nixon announced what he called an historic agreement among St. Louis-area construction labor councils to work a 24-hour work schedule and forgo overtime to help Missouri compete for the project.

Specifically, a trio of unions agreed to a series of special conditions to build Boeing’s facilities.

Nixon’s office said the work schedule would double the number of work hours each week, triple the committed workforce and reduce the construction time by at least a year.

“By reducing the cost and time associated with building these facilities, this unprecedented commitment offers Boeing yet another very compelling reason to locate production of the 777X right here in the Show-Me State,” Nixon said in a statement.

The General Assembly went into session on Monday to consider the incentive package amid signs that the deal could be a tough sell for lawmakers, particularly in western Missouri who said privately that they had all sorts of questions about the proposal.

Also Tuesday, the state’s two U.S. senators sent a letter to Boeing urging them to consider Missouri.

“The more than 15,000 Boeing employees already in the state of Missouri are a great example of the skill, commitment, innovation and tremendous work ethic that exists in Missouri,” wrote Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt.

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