According to The Seattle Times, Boeing commercial airplanes chief Jim Albaugh told workers at the company’s assembly line in Renton that Boeing will not announce the site of the re-engined 737 until early next year.
“We will go through the process and look at all the plusses and minuses. Renton clearly has a lot of plusses,” Albaugh said, according to an internal Boeing news item, responding to workers’ questions raising concern that Renton could lose the 737 work.
If Boeing were to move the line outside of Washington it would be a huge blow for organized labor as Boeing’s apprehension over putting the assembly line in Washington seems to stem from a concern over labor disputes such as the one that stopped all assembly line work in 2008 for two months.
Boeing currently assembles all of its planes in Washington except for one of its two 787 lines which is in South Carolina.