The news went down like the proverbial lead balloon in Seattle. The fear, of course, is that this is a precursor of locating the Final Assembly Line away from Everett, to either Charleston or the “undisclosed location” that is also said to be under consideration, which is thought to be Texas.
Boeing hasn’t ruled out doing engineering work in Seattle, but Boeing has been moving engineering jobs out of Washington all year as it clearly works to diminish the influence of SPEEA, the engineers’ union.
SPEEA Tweeted in response to The Seattle Times story, “This would appear to be work that had been outsourced on the 787 program…..not work being moved out of Puget Sound.”
We think this is an ominous development for Washington, but at the same time it could well be another of Boeing’s masterful chess game to extract incentives from Washington, South Carolina or the undisclosed state.
Update: The Wall Street Journal has this story. The WSJ broke the news.
This WSJ story from April is worth re-reading.