Boeing has accepted proposals to attract manufacturing of the new 777X passenger jet from 22 states, including Missouri, but they're not saying which of those states will actually get their business. Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says Missouri would be a good choice for the company.
"We appreciate the Missourians that know how to build airplanes, and we think our state would be a great place to add domestic aviation to a place where we've succeeded in building for the military."
He adds, however, that while he and Senator Claire McCaskill have made their case to Boeing, the pressure's on the Missouri Legislature.
"They were the group that really had to decide what an incentive package would look like, and it's their job to put together a package where the return was greater than the commitment Boeing would be asked to make."
Missouri lawmakers approved $1.7-billion in economic incentives to bring the 777X to St. Louis County. Several neighboring states also submitted proposals, including Kansas and Illinois.