Dec 11 2013

Yellowhammer: Congressional delegation sends message to Boeing: 'Alabama is second to none'

The Alabama Congressional delegation has issued a bipartisan statement of support for Gov. Robert Bentley’s proposal to Boeing Chairman, President and CEO, James McNerney, Jr., to build the aerospace giant’s planned 777X aircraft in the state.

"Huntsville is a world leader in aerospace and aviation innovation, and Alabama’s workforce is second to none. There is simply no better place for Boeing to locate its new 777X design, manufacturing, fabrication, and assembly operations. We commend the city and state for so aggressively pursuing this economic development opportunity and stand ready to support these efforts in any way possible."

Signing on to the statement were Senators Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, and Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, along with Reps. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, Spencer Bachus, R-Vestavia Hills, Mike Rogers, R-Saks, Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, and Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham.

The statement comes just weeks after the delegation wrote a letter to Boeing’s CEO touting Alabama’s “high-tech aerospace expertise, low taxation and cost-of-living, rational regulatory regime, right-to-work laws, low utility rates, and excellent infrastructure.”

Alabama submitted its proposal to Boeing on Monday, a day ahead of the submission deadline. Huntsville, Ala. is one of at least 15 locations currently being considered by Boeing.