EVERETT—Boeing will build a second 787 assembly line in Charleston, South Carolina and not Everett where it has built planes for years.
The announcement wasn't entirely unexpected but that didn't make it any easier to hear. Boeing is taking its second 787 Dreamliner assembly line elsewhere.
This decision was a long time coming.
There were meetings in western Washington, in South Carolina and at the Federal level in Washington, D.C.
The hope was the second line and a lot more jobs would stay in Everett but it didn't happen that way.
It is a big loss for Washington State. A loss, it seems, Governor Chris Gregoire couldn't help but take personally. She said; "This is obviously a disappointing day for Washington State and for Snohomish County. We did all we could to show that Washington is the best place in America to build airplanes."
Meanwhile, in Charleston and in the State Senate Chamber there was celebration.
On South Caroline State Senator said; "I believe what happened here today will change our state forever, for generations. What a great day. Every one of us should rejoice about it."
Boeing had looked at a number of cities for the 2nd Dreamliner assembly line. It whittled the list down to two a week ago and the home team lost out.
Workers on the assembly line in Everett, don't like it one bit.
Boeing Machinist Bobbi Skar says; "Oh well that's the way it is. We just have to live with it. I feel bad for Boeing employees here in our area. It shows that Boeing doesn't respect us and the quality of work we do."
In exchange for a big package of incentives, Boeing will make a 750 million dollar investment in South Carolina and provide nearly 4-thousand jobs over seven years.
Here's what's next: groundbreaking in Charleston in just a matter of weeks.
Boeing Spokesman Russ Young says; "We anticipate the factory ready for use in 2011. First airplane to deliver in 2012 and we intend to be at ten 787s a month by the end of 2013."
In spite of her disappointment, by phone today Senator Patty Murray seemed optimistic about the future,
Murray sys; "We will continue to be strong in the aerospace industry and I don't want us to lose sight of that today." When young says ten planes a month by 2013, he means seven of those built here in Everett and three a month in Charleston.
Charleston could eventually build more as that plant ramps up to full capacity.
Boeing Co. will open a second assembly line for its long-delayed 787 jetliner in South Carolina, expanding beyond its longtime manufacturing base in Washington state to take advantage of economic incentives and a nonunion work force.