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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF U.S. SENATOR ROY BLUNT (MO.)

Senators Blunt, McCaskill Urge Boeing To Bring New Aircraft Project, Jobs To St. Louis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) today sent a letter to The Boeing Company, urging them to consider the State of Missouri’s proposal for consideration to build the new 777X Airliner in St. Louis, Mo.

In the letter, the Senators highlight several of Missouri’s positive attributes, including the state’s skilled workforce, “tremendous partnerships that exist between the business community and education entities,” and major transportation modes, which allow businesses to benefit from global access and remain competitive in the international marketplace.

“The more than 15,000 Boeing employees already in the State of Missouri are a great example of the skill, commitment, innovation, and tremendous work ethic that exists in Missouri,” the Senators wrote.

“… The Boeing Company already has a history and strong foundation to build upon in our state. We are confident that choosing Missouri for the 777X long-haul aircraft would be a strong, long-term investment for The Boeing Company,” the Senators continued.

To view Blunt’s statement on Boeing’s 777X airliner project from November 21, 2013, please click here.

To read the entire letter, please see below or click here.

December 3, 2013

Mr. W. James McNerney, Jr.

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

The Boeing Company

100 N. Riverside Plaza

Chicago, Illinois 60606

Dear Mr. McNerney:

We are pleased to know that The Boeing Company has requested the State of Missouri to submit a proposal for your consideration on where to build your 777X long-haul aircraft. Without a doubt, Missouri is the right location to select.

The Boeing Company knows firsthand that Missouri has a dynamic and well-supported workforce. Missouri businesses benefit from the tremendous partnerships that exist between the business community and education entities. These partnerships result in a skilled workforce for today and tomorrow. The more than 15,000 Boeing employees already in the State of Missouri are a great example of the skill, commitment, innovation, and tremendous work ethic that exists in Missouri. In addition, these employees can attest that Missouri is a great place to live and work.

Missouri businesses are strong, growing, and competitive in the international marketplace. Besides our tremendous workforce, we are ideally situated with a major airport, strong rail and highways, and a river transportation system. All of these transportation modes allow businesses in Missouri to reach across the globe with ease. An even stronger Boeing presence in Missouri would be welcomed and would continue to benefit from our global access.

You know the strengths and great benefits of Missouri because The Boeing Company already has a history and strong foundation to build upon in our state. We are confident that choosing Missouri for the 777X long-haul aircraft would be a strong, long-term investment for The Boeing Company.

Missouri has a track record of success in building airplanes and wants to build more. We look forward to hearing your decision and would be glad to tell you more about why our home state is the right place to build the 777X.

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