Boeing will expand its current composites facility and begin producing parts for the 777X program in 2017, with plans to create 700 jobs in St. Louis, Missouri.
“As a result of our partnership with the State of Missouri, the St. Louis site is well-positioned to compete for new business and job opportunities,” said Chris Chadwick, President/CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “As we move forward, the additional 777X and F-22 work coming to St. Louis allows us to build on our 75-year legacy of success and create the right environment for potential long-term growth.”
Boeing’s St. Louis campus has traditionally manufactured military rather than commercial aircraft. As a result, bringing on production for the 777X will not only create jobs and investment, it will also diversify Boeing’s St. Louis campus and better position Missouri to compete for additional defense and commercial projects in the future, Governor Jay Nixon’s Office said.
“Today’s announcement marks the first time Boeing has brought commercial aircraft production to St. Louis and strengthens the State of Missouri’s long-standing partnership with Boeing to position its St. Louis operations to compete for future commercial and defense opportunities,” Governor Jay Nixon said.
“Boeing’s decision to in-source commercial work to St. Louis for the very first time marks a historic moment and a huge win for Missouri, for Boeing’s workers, and for Boeing’s more than 600 suppliers and vendors around the state,” he added.
With today’s announcement of new 777X jobs, over the past eighteen months Boeing has announced plans to bring up to 2,000 new jobs to Missouri. Last year, Boeing announced creation of an information technology center, resulting in at least 400 new information technology jobs. Boeing also announced that it would bring up to 400 research and technology jobs to St. Louis. Last week, Boeing revealed plans to bring an additional 500 jobs to St. Louis for service and support of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor aircraft.
Boeing, Missouri’s largest manufacturer, is among the largest global aircraft manufacturers and the second-largest aerospace and defense contractor in the world. Home to Boeing Defense, Space & Security division, St. Louis County campus produces military aircraft and weapons systems, employs more than 14,500 workers in the area, and is supported by more than 600 suppliers and vendors throughout the state.