Boeing: Washington state is "first preference" for building airliners

03/2/2010 | Seattle Times, The

Boeing Co. still views the Seattle area as its preferred location for building jetliners, but local unions will have to work with the company to ensure jobs don't migrate to a new assembly line in South Carolina. "It's going to be a much more competitive environment out there in the future," says Jim Albaugh, chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "And work anyplace is not an entitlement." Despite Boeing's recent clashes with its machinists, Albaugh says the company has "a great partnership with the people of Washington, and I hope it continues for a long, long time."

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