California vying for Boeing production work

Dec. 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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SACRAMENTO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- California's business development office confirmed that it would send proposals to Boeing in an effort to lure 777X production to the state.

The Sacramental Bee reported Tuesday that the state's Office of Business and Economic Development would be one of several states vying for production of the new commercial jet, as Boeing is moving production from the Seattle area due to labor disputes.

Gov. Brown has about $30 million in tax credits for the current budget year that he can use to lure 777X production to California, the Bee reported. That sum jumps to $150 million in the 2014 budget year and $200 million after that, the Bee reported.

The development office did not say how much tax credit would be offered to Boeing in its 777X proposals.

Boeing already has 20,000 workers in California, about 3,000 of whom work on production of the C-17 military plane in Long Beach.

Boeing has said C-17 production at Long Beach would end in 2015, making Long Beach a prime candidate for a new Boeing project, the Bee said.

Boeing spokesman Doug Alder said a decision on a new location or on multiple locations for 777X production would be made early next year.

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