JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling state lawmakers back to the Capitol to consider incentives aimed at attracting a massive Boeing Co. production facility to the state.
Officials are hoping to entice Boeing to produce its 777X passenger jet in Missouri. Several other states also have been discussing trying to land the project, and Boeing hopes to make a decision early next year.
Nixon called the special legislative session Friday. It will start Monday, Dec. 2, which is about a month before lawmakers convene their regular session on Jan. 8.
Boeing is already one of Missouri's largest employers, with about 15,000 people including thousands of machinists in the St. Louis area.
Governor Jay Nixon will be in St. Louis County Wednesday to publicly pitch his plan to lure a new Boeing aircraft plant to the area. Nixon will speak to St. Louis business and civic leaders at a luncheon hosted by Progress 64 West, a group that promotes development along the Interstate 64 corridor.
The governor met privately with Boeing executives last week as Missouri competes with at least five other states to produce the Boeing 777X commercial airplane.
A new plant would likely mean thousands of new jobs.
Republican state Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard has said he supports special tax incentives to try to land the plant.
Boeing expects to choose a location just after the first of the year.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says his administration will work quickly and aggressively to land Boeing Co.'s next-generation commercial aircraft.
Boeing is expected to choose a location for producing the 777X by early January. Nixon said Thursday that he met with company leaders in St. Louis. The governor said the meeting was productive.
Nixon says production of the 777X would be a "massive shot in the arm" for Missouri's economy.
Boeing currently employs about 15,000 people in Missouri.
One of the largest employers in the St. Louis area might be forced to furlough its workers if the government shutdown.
Boeing spokesman Dan Beck tells the St. Louis Business Journal that the company's workforce reductions could be caused by customer-issued, stop-work orders, funding cuts, or a shortage of government inspectors. Boeing's workers at its Hazelwood-based Defense, Space & Security unit would be the ones affected by the furloughs.
The unit has over 15,000 full-time employees in St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former procurement officer for the Boeing Co. based in Missouri is accused of providing inside information to help a Washington state subcontractor win more than $2 million in aircraft parts orders.
An indictment filed in federal court in St. Louis charges Deon E. Anderson, of the St. Louis area, and Jeffrey Lavelle, of Mukilteo, Wash., with mail fraud and wire fraud. Lavelle owned and operated J.L. Manufacturing, a machine shop in Everett, Wash.
The indictment says Anderson gave J.L. Manufacturing and Lavelle non-public competitor bid and historical price information for Boeing military aircraft order requests for quotes.
It says Lavelle used the information to submit about nine different bids on behalf of his company to Boeing. The indictment says that in return Lavelle paid cash to Anderson.
The indictment made public Monday also charges Robert "Bobby" Diaz Jr., of Alta Loma, Calif., and William P. Boozer, of Hacienda Heights, Calif.
A call left with Lavelle at J.L. Manufacturing Tuesday morning was not immediately returned.
The impacts of the federal shutdown on the local St. Louis economy probably won't amount to much -- as long as it doesn't last long.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that economists and business leaders generally agree that a few days of federal worker furloughs and closed federal parks won't have a big impact. But with about 25,000 St. Louis area residents working for the federal government, and many thousands more working for private companies that rely on federal contracts, a long-term shutdown could have greater impact.
Right now, the paper reports that private employers like Boeing and Unisys aren't changing staffing levels, but all say they are monitoring the situation.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it has rejected Boeing Co.'s bid to build and supply 60 new fighter jets — even though it was the sole contender in the bidding process.
Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said Tuesday that South Korea has decided to delay naming a winning bidder for the 8.3 trillion won ($7.7 billion) weapons purchase project.
Boeing offered its F-15 Silent Eagle, but South Korean critics say the plane lacks state-of-the-art stealth capabilities and cannot effectively cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear threats.
Kim says South Korea must have better air power and Boeing's rejection was made in consideration of North Korea's nuclear program and other factors.
Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and EADS' Eurofighter Typhoon earlier competed with Boeing but were eliminated for exceeding Seoul's budget cap.
The F-15s would have been built at Boeing's St. Louis plant.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Boeing Co. announced Wednesday that it will end production of its C-17 Globemaster III military cargo jet and close the final assembly plant in Long Beach in 2015, putting as many as 3,000 jobs at risk as orders plunged in the fragile world economy. That includes about 300 workers in St. Louis.
"Our customers around the world face very tough budget environments. While the desire for the C-17's capabilities is high, budgets cannot support additional purchases in the timing required to keep the production line open," Dennis Muilenburg, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said in a statement. "What's more, here in the United States the sequestration situation has created significant planning difficulties for our customers and the entire aerospace industry."
Last week, the Long Beach plant delivered the last of 223 C-17s produced for the U.S. Air Force. Nan Bouchard, Boeing vice president and C-17 program manager, said the company will complete 22 final aircraft: seven for the Indian Air Force, two for an international customer that she declined to name, and 13 that have not yet been sold.
"Despite strong international interest, we did not receive sufficient orders" to continue production, she said.
Boeing said it expects the announcement to result in a charge of less than $100 million this quarter, and that will not impact financial guidance for the year.
The company will begin reducing the C-17 workforce in 2014 at plants in Long Beach; Macon, Ga.; Mesa, Ariz.; and St. Louis. However, Boeing will make efforts to provide jobs elsewhere with the company, Bouchard said, and had plans to continue a repair and spare parts program for the planes through 2017 at least, Bouchard said.
With modernization and upkeep, the big planes are expected to last for decades, she said.
The massive, four-engine C-17 made its first flight in 1991, and military deliveries began about two years later. The plane is used to airlift tanks, supplies and troops as well as performing medical evacuations. It quickly became a war and disaster workhorse, prized for its ability to operate from basic airstrips and cover intercontinental distances with a full load without refueling.
With a payload of 160,000 pounds, it is designed to airdrop 102 paratroopers and their equipment.
Design work on the plane began at the million-plus square-foot Long Beach facility in 1981, when it was a McDonnell Douglas facility. Boeing merged with McDonnell Douglas in the 1990s. Boeing has so far delivered 257 planes worldwide, at a cost of about $311 million each when research, development and construction costs are included.
The Long Beach plant has about 2,000 employees.
"It will be sad that we're closing this last major production facility in Southern California but again, we're all very proud to be part of that heritage," Bouchard said.
Boeing has about 20,000 employees in California, working on a variety of projects. That includes commercial aircraft, new markets such as cyber security and the largest satellite design and manufacturing factory in the world, Boeing said.
Boeing employees will be heading back to work Tuesday morning after Friday's storms knocked out power to the Hazelwood facility, forcing it to close.
Some buildings were still in the dark Monday night, forcing the aerospace company to cancel work for many third shift employees overnight.
Company officials say that by 3:30 Tuesday morning, Ameren crews had restored power to all Boeing buildings. First shift employees are expected to report to work.
The Alton Belle Casino is closed due to flooding along the Mississippi River at Alton.
The River City Casino in Lemay is also closed because the roads leading to the casino are covered by floodwaters from the Mississippi.
Due to power outages affecting several Boeing campuses in north St. Louis County, Boeing is reminding employees to check the company’s employee hotline (800-899-6431), to see if they are to report for their shift Monday. All essential maintenance workers are to report to work as scheduled.
The National Personnel Records Center in North County will be closed Monday due to a power outage from the Friday storms. The center is expecting to have the power restored this afternoon. Employees should check the center’s weather hotline (314-801-0900) this evening for the latest information.