King County leaders celebrate 737 MAX announcement

December 13, 2011

By Staff

King County leaders hailed the decision to build next-generation Boeing 737 aircraft in the county after a local and state effort to secure the project.

“We’ve laid a strong foundation with creation of the King County Aerospace Alliance and the statewide Pegasus Project to build the transportation, education and other infrastructure to keep Boeing and the more than 400 local aerospace suppliers as the leaders in an increasingly competitive global industry,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement after the Nov. 30 announcement.

In a push to promote King County as the top place to assemble the 737 MAX, County Council members agreed in October to fund retention efforts. In a complementary effort last month, Gov. Chris Gregoire announced a $9.8 million plan to retain the project.

The existing 737 model is assembled in Renton.

“I applaud Boeing and its workers for coming together to preserve jobs in the Puget Sound region,” Issaquah-area Councilman Reagan Dunn said. “It’s that kind of cooperation that made the region what it is today and will continue its success into the future.”

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