New Details Emerge In Boeing Site Search As Huntsville Submits Proposal
Local leaders won’t let anything slip about their proposal to bring more Boeing facilities to town.
We called the Huntsville Mayor’s Office, the Madison County Commission, the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce, the Huntsville International Airport, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and more than a few experts.
No one would give us any information.
But relentless pursuit and email break the logjam.
We finally find someone at Boeing willing to talk about the bidding process to produce the 777X, but even he won’t let us record for air.
The spokesperson confirms they’re taking proposals to produce the plane, although he denies there’s a December 10th deadline, as has been rumored, saying Boeing only requested proposals arrive by mid-December.
He tells us around a dozen sites got pre-approval to submit proposals. However, several sites may be chosen for different aspects of the operation.
Possibly four or more sites could win some aspect of production from this process.
He also adds Boeing would like to make the decision sooner rather than later, and we can expect to hear something in early 2014.
As for how many jobs the production line could create, the only number we could was a simple, yet impressive estimate.
It will be thousands.
So how does the Rocket City draw in as many parts of the production line as possible? Well, the city has quite a few resources to promote.
For example, lot of the open land near the airport is already owned by Boeing.
The empty land sits adjacent to a company facility.
In terms of creating new airplane production lines, one of the things Boeing is rumored to be looking for is a no-cost site. Well, they already own the land here.
Meanwhile just next door, sits Huntsville International Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirms this airport has the second longest runway in the entire southeast, only behind Miami.
Surely an asset if you’re going to launch jets out of a city.
Plus, there’s the workforce.
Of course you need skilled laborers and engineers to support them.
Well, the University of Alabama in Huntsville tells us they alone have two-thousand engineering students in the upcoming spring semester, with over five hundred of those getting secondary degrees.
So if Boeing wants to recruit for its efforts, they won’t have to go far.
City leaders may not be willing to say what they’re including in their pitch to Boeing, but a few of Huntsville’s assets are self-evident.