Boeing’s Conner making short list for 777X factory location

Boeing Co (BA.N) said on Tuesday it is narrowing its list of sites for building its newest jetliner, the 777X, to “a handful,” signaling its determination to consider locations outside Washington state where it now builds similar planes. In a letter to employees, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief executive Ray Conner said the company received proposals for 54 sites from 22 states, and aimed to cut the list down to a few top picks this week. Boeing opened the competition to all-comers after machinist workers in Washington, who currently build 777 planes, rejected a contract offer. Conner did not say whether Washington state would be on the short list, and Boeing declined further comment.

    

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