Boeing in Washington Newsletter May 2017
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Boeing in Washington Newsletter

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Boeing celebrates 75 years of investment in Renton

Boeing recently took a short pause to mark the 75th anniversary of operations in Renton, Wash. Production at the site began with bombers and tankers during World War II and later transitioned to 707 and 727 jetliners. Today, Renton is home of the 737 and 737 MAX production lines. The Renton facilities today count 12,000 employees who are building 42 airplanes a month, with that number soon to increase to 47. In addition to 737 passenger jets, these employees build variants for Boeing Business Jets and the Poseidon P-8, which offers advanced antisubmarine, antisurface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
Boeing in Washington Boeing celebrates 75 years of investment in Renton

Boeing employees provide nearly 900,000 meals to fight hunger

Boeing employees in the Puget Sound provided nearly 900,000 meals to fight local hunger and replenish area food banks during the annual Food & Essentials Drive. Altogether, employees gathered 44,740 pounds of non-perishable food and essentials and more than $155,000 in employee contributions and Boeing gift matches.

One beneficiary of the drive is Emergency Food Network. "The timing of the food and essentials drive couldn't be better," said Helen McGovern-Pilant, executive director of Emergency Food Network. "School will be out and the families of the 60,000 children who receive free or reduced lunch will be relying even more on our food bank partners."
Boeing in Washington Boeing employees provide nearly 900,000 meals to fight hunger

Everett building being modernized for 777X spar assembly

The massive Composite Wing Center built in Everett to support future 777X production attracts the most attention, but Boeing's local investments in infrastructure don't stop at the walls of that 1.3 million-square-foot building. Another Boeing building is currently being retrofitted to assist with production of spars for the 777X. When finished, the repurposed building will be an important facility in manufacturing Boeing's newest jetliner, which is still in development. Work continues on the facility to prepare it for the first spar load there later this year.
Boeing in Washington Everett building being modernized for 777X spar assembly

Renton-built 737 MAX 9 completes successful first flight

The newest member of the 737 MAX family – the 737 MAX 9 – completed its inaugural flight, taking off from Renton Field and landing 2 hours, 42 minutes later at nearby Boeing Field. During the flight, teams performed tests on flight controls, systems and handling qualities. The 737 MAX 9 will now undergo comprehensive flight testing before customer deliveries start in 2018. The 737 MAX is being assembled exclusively in Renton, Wash.
Boeing in Washington Renton-built 737 MAX 9 completes successful first flight

Boeing hits it out of the park for veterans and their families

Flo Groberg, Boeing's director of veterans outreach and Medal of Honor recipient, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Seattle Mariners' annual Salute to Armed Forces game, sponsored by Boeing. "It's nerve-wracking," Groberg confesses of the pitch in front of 25,000 cheering baseball fans. "But it's worth the nerves to be able to represent all of my colleagues at Boeing as well as all my brothers and sisters in the military. I'm particularly proud that there are more than 20,000 U.S. veterans, like me, who work for Boeing today."
Boeing in Washington Boeing hits it out of the park for veterans and their families

Did You Know?

Check out the new Boeing in Washington Facebook page

It's nearly impossible to have too many friends, and we would like you to be one of ours! We have just launched a new Boeing in Washington Facebook page! Our goal is to share a glimpse into the world of Boeing in Washington, highlight and celebrate Boeing teams and connect with the community. Please check it out, like it and share stories about our people, our investments in the state and our community partnerships!
Boeing in Washington Check out the new Boeing in Washington Facebook page

In The News

Industry experts evaluate Washington's aerospace cluster "anchored by Boeing"

FlightGlobal produced this analysis about Boeing's role in Washington's diverse aerospace industry, finding that the majority of aerospace suppliers, "…owe their presence in the state to the company founded by William Boeing". The article notes that Boeing's footprint extends beyond the final assembly sites in Everett and Renton to facilities in Puyallup, Auburn and Frederickson as well as airports in Moses Lake and King County. The article also notes that despite reducing costs and headcount, "Boeing's employment data does not suggest that Washington is being singled-out within the company for head-count reductions. By comparison, Boeing's employment in California has plummeted 27% over the same period…".

New competitor completes a major milestone in path to entering the single-aisle market

The Seattle Times reported that the C919 – China's rival to the 737 – successfully completed its first flight. The flight was broadcast live in China. The C919 is approximately the size of Boeing's new 737 MAX 8 and includes components supplied by major Western suppliers.

Washington leaders and business groups blast bills that would "make state less competitive"

The Everett Herald posted this Op-Ed by Snohomish County executive Dave Somers and Umbra Cuscinetti, Inc. chief executive Leonardo Baldacinni. Their piece reminds readers that Washington's current aerospace tax incentives are helping to strengthen the economy in Snohomish County and Washington state and that "claw back" legislation being considered in Olympia would be detrimental to the aerospace industry and the hundreds of thousands of aerospace employees in the state. The article's authors have seen Boeing's commitment to building the 777X in-state and explain, "…this investment, a direct result of the tax incentives, has created jobs – and will continue creating jobs – in aerospace and outside of aerospace for decades to come."

Additionally, Opportunity Washington posted this article which says it is clear that Washington state has enjoyed a positive return on investment, based upon Boeing's role as the state's largest private employer, and the more than $1 billion Boeing has now invested in the 777X Composite Wing Center in Everett. The article concludes, "Rewriting the rules after the fact would jeopardize that return and call into question the state's credibility and reliability for any business considering expansion or relocation here. It would be an expression of bad faith and an enormous public policy risk".

New homeless shelters opening with help from Seattle-based companies, including Boeing

The Puget Sound Business Journal reported how local nonprofit Mary's Place plans to open four new shelters using millions of dollars donated from Seattle-based companies including Starbucks, Microsoft and Boeing. With the company partnerships, Mary's Place plans to expand to serve 750 individuals by the end of the year.
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