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[December 12, 2013]

Boeing to bring 300 to 400 jobs to Madison County [The Decatur Daily, Ala.]

(Decatur Daily (AL) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dec. 12--MONTGOMERY -- The airplane manufacturer Boeing is bringing several hundred new jobs to Madison County, the company announced today.

This isn't the Boeing 777X line that state officials are vigorously lobbying for, but research-related jobs. State Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, tweeted that they will be high-paying jobs.

A Boeing news release said the number of jobs in Madison County eventually will be 300 to 400. Alabama is one of five states where Boeing is announcing new jobs.

Boing already has a facility and contractors in north Alabama.

Meanwhile, earlier this week was the deadline for states to submit their packages to build Boeing's 777X plane.

Gov. Robert Bentley isn't saying how big Alabama's offer was. But he said that after landing several big projects -- including Boeing's competitor, Airbus, for a $600 million plant in Mobile -- the state will need to create new financial incentives because its current ones are about used up.

Boeing is looking at a $7 billion to $10 billion plant for the 777X that would start with 3,250 workers in 2018 and grow to 8,500 by 2024.

For more on this story, check back later.

The Boeing news release on research/development jobs CHICAGO, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced it will establish technology research centers in Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington as it continues to lay the foundation for increased competitiveness and future growth.

The company will restructure its Boeing Research & Technology organization, the company's central research-and-development unit, through the establishment of research centers in Huntsville, Ala.; Southern California; St. Louis; North Charleston, S.C.; and Seattle.

The new centers will operate independently but cooperatively with one another and with Boeing technology centers in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Spain and Russia. The international centers conduct research to benefit the environment, aviation safety, air traffic management and other areas.

"We are reorganizing and realigning our research-and-technology operations to better meet the needs of our Commercial Airplanes and Defense, Space & Security business units, as well as our government R&D customers," said Greg Hyslop, vice president and general manager of Boeing Research & Technology. "Our customers have a common need for new technology that can be integrated quickly and efficiently into current products and production lines, as well as enable new market-leading products and services. With these changes, we are enhancing our ability to provide effective, efficient and innovative technology solutions." Earlier this year, Boeing announced the geographic diversification of its Information Technology organization, as well as engineering design centers within Boeing Commercial Airplanes. BR&T's realignment continues the company's strategy of pursuing future growth and competitiveness while consistently delivering on the company's promises to its customers.

The new research centers will consolidate technology development of strategic importance to Boeing over the long-term -- up to 30 years into the future. They will be chartered to accelerate technical capability in specific fields and enhance and build networks of collaboration with university, industry and government research centers around the world.

The new locations and centers: --Huntsville, Ala.: Simulation and Decision Analytics; Metals and Chemical Technology --Southern California: Flight Sciences; Electronics and Networked Systems; Structures --St. Louis: Systems Technology; Digital Aviation and Support Technology; Metallics and Fabrication Development --North Charleston, S.C.: Manufacturing Technology --Seattle: Manufacturing Technology Integration.

As the centers are established, BR&T employee totals are expected to grow between 300-400 each in Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina. BR&T jobs in Washington are expected to decrease by 800-1,200, and BR&T jobs in California are expected to decrease by 200-300.

The unit will continue to provide manufacturing technology integration support at Boeing business unit production sites in Washington state, as well as Arizona, California, Missouri, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of jetliners and military aircraft combined. Boeing Research & Technology collaborates with customers, suppliers, universities and R&D agencies throughout the world to provide a broad base of innovative and affordable technologies for Boeing's business units.

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