HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Boeing workers in Seattle rejected a contract this week for the aircraft maker to have its 777X made in union-represented plants.
This sets the stage for Boeing to look at other cities to build the aircraft, which is more fuel-efficient than its current 777, a Boeing mainstay.
“Without the terms of this contract extension, we’re left with no choice but to open the process competitively and pursue all options for the 777X,” said Ray Connor, CEO of Boeing’s commercial aircraft division.
Boeing has said it may look at sites including Long Beach, California; Ogden, Utah; and San Antonio, Texas. A South Carolina lawmaker also said he got a call this week.
What about Huntsville? Boeing has a large presence here. It’s the largest aerospace company in Alabama and has been here for more than 50 years.
WHNT News 19 contacted several people in the city about the possibility of Boeing bringing the 777X production here. Most didn’t want to talk on the record, but one source said Alabama is attractive to major players like Boeing because it is a “right to work” state. Many think Boeing would find Alabama fertile ground for a major company doing business, and not dealing with unions.
Boeing’s Strategic Missile & Defense Systems headquarters is located in Huntsville, as well as its largest program, Ground-based Midcourse Defense.
CNN contributed to this report.