CEOs say second line should stay
The Washington Business Roundtable — a group of 29 CEOs of companies ranging from Costco and Alaska Airlines to Port Blakely Tree Farms — is urging Boeing management to keep all 787 production here .
“Washington has benefited greatly from Boeing’s tremendous economic and community contributions,” the CEOs said in a letter sent this morning to new Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief Jim Albaugh. “We also believe that, in return, the state of Washington has provided a supportive and productive home for Boeing and its employees. ”
Instead of looking to places like South Carolina — often rumored to be Boeing ‘s favored choice for a second 787 final assembly plant — the CEOs said “we encourage you to locate that line here in Washington, where we have a long track record of demonstrable success together. ” The CEOs went on to say that they “pledge our support to you and your entire company in working to ensure Washington remains the single best place for you to design, build and market commercial airplanes.”
Among the CEOs signing the letter were Bill Ayer of Alaska Airlines, a notable Boeing customer, and Bob Cremin of Bellevue-based Esterline Technologies, which supplies avionics for several Boeing models, including the 787. The list also included top executives from Microsoft, Russell Investments, Nintendo of America and the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners.
Boeing has said it will make a decision by the end of the year on where it wants to put the proposed second line. District 751 leaders aruge that using experienced Machinists Union workers to build planes on a second line in Everett makes far more sense than trying to set up duplicate supply chains on opposite ends of the continent — a position supported by industry analysts like Scott Hamilton, who believes “it would be folly to locate Line 2 anywhere but Everett.”