Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Boeing facility pitched for Northeast Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. made a late pitch to land The Boeing Co.'s new 777X production facility for one of three Wisconsin airports.

Boeing said earlier this week it would build the airplanes at its unionized plant in Everett, Wash.

Alabama, California, South Carolina and Utah were among those hoping to attract production for the new-generation passenger plane.

Reed Hall, CEO of WEDC, sent Boeing a letter on Dec. 10 suggesting that Austin Straubel International Airport in Ashwaubenon, Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee were each well-suited for such a facility.

Hall touted Wisconsin as a national leader in manufacturing with the talent, supply chain and infrastructure necessary for the plant. He specifically cited Austin Straubel’s plan to increase runway length and its FAA certifications, and Wittman’s annual hosting of the Experimental Aircraft Aviation AirVenture show, as well as Fox Valley Technical College’s specialized avionics programs. Also, the Port of Green Bay is a foreign trade zone.


No comments:

Post a Comment