Seattle worries: Will Boeing fly south?

08/11/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

As Boeing Co. eyes a plant in South Carolina for its second 787 assembly line, aerospace industry officials worry about the future of airplane manufacturing in the Seattle area. "Obviously, it would be a blow to the region if they go elsewhere," says a spokeswoman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which recently staged a 57-day strike at Boeing factories in the Seattle area. Boeing says it needs the second assembly line to make up for repeated delays in its marquee aircraft, but locating the plant in a right-to-work state could pose a challenge to the company's powerful unions.

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