EVERETT—Governor Gregoire is making a strong push for Boeing to keep its second assembly line for the 787 Dreamliner in our state. However, it's a plan that doesn't offer any new financial incentives.
Governor Chris Gregoire has released a brand new report that she says proves our state is the right fit for a second plant.
Snohomish County Officials say the first 787 Dreamliner plant has been critical for the county's economic stability, that's why a second line is so important for Everett.
Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon calls the Governor's report a start but not enough to keep Boeing from building a plant elsewhere.
"The challenge that we face if we lose that second line is we are in a fight for our lives to keep the future of commercial aerospace in Washington State as a whole," said Reardon.
The Governor's report has tax comparisons between Washington and five other states trying to land the new plant. Right now, aviation analyst Scott Hamilton says South Carolina poses the biggest threat. But, our state has an edge in one key issue unemployment insurance.
"The document pointed out that the rates have come down over the last few years, the document pointed out that Washington has a surplus in it's unemployment fund, while South Carolina is at a deficit, it's insolvent," said Hamilton.
Despite high marks for Washington's economy, this report does not offer any new financial incentives for Boeing to build its second assembly line here. And, the Governor would be unable to propose new incentives until January's legislative session.
The state says it has a leg up on South Carolina in factories, tools, and an experienced workforce. Aviation expert Scott Hamilton agrees.
"It is this workforce here that is fixing the problems that are coming in from Charleston and I think that's a key point," said Hamilton.
According to Hamilton a strained relationship with the Machinists Union could send the second plant out of state.
"Boeing corporate officers want to come to some sort of assurance that they're not going to face another strike anytime soon," said Hamilton.
Boeing addressed that in a statement given to Q13 Fox News in response to the Governor's report.
"Our world-class workforce in Puget Sound is a major reason for Boeing's success. But repeated work stoppages have clearly damaged our reputation as a reliable supplier. We need to a find a way to ensure production stability. We are talking with the IAM to find an alternate dispute resolution mechanism."
Last year, the union went on a strike for 8 weeks and delayed production on the 787 Dreamliner.
The International Association of Machinists issued this statement to Q13 Fox News about labor relations.
"We're meeting with Boeing leadership on a regular basis. We firmly believe that if we improve our relationship now, we'll have a better outcome in 2012, and that will only be good for everyone."
Earlier this month Boeing's South Carolina Plant dropped its union. For Snohomish County, County Executive Reardon says the county is banking on getting the new line.
"What we're looking at in a rough, back of the envelope figure shows we're looking at 5,000 jobs going someplace else if this second line is relocated," said Reardon.
Boeing Officials will recommend a new plant sight over the next few months and Boeing Executives will vote on it by the end of the year.
We'll get more answers from Governor Christine Gregoire about her efforts to land the second assembly plant when Q13 Fox News sits down one on one with her tomorrow. We'll have that tomorrow night on Q13 Fox News.