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Indiana Tries To Land Boeing Plant

Boeing 777-X
Boeing 777-X

State economic development officials have been conducting talks with Boeing Co. in an attempt to convince the to build a new planned airplane manufacturing and assembly facility in Indiana.

Governor Mike Pence says that the talks have occurred but that is all he will say.

Boeing is based in Chicago, and has been soliciting bids for a site to build its new 777X airplane.

They want to decide by early next year.

Fifteen states are competing for the $10 billion facility that could employ up to 8,500 workers by 2024.

Indiana has a lot going for its bid.

Northwest Indiana meets all the road, rail, port and airport connections Boeing is seeking and the state has a strong manufacturing workforce, and Purdue University is well known for its aeronautics programs. Boeing also wants a nearby airport with a 9,000 foot runway and Indianapolis, Terre Haute and Fort Wayne all have airport runways exceeding 9,000 feet.