Nov 22 2013

Shelby Makes Case for More AL Aerospace Jobs

AL Delegation Makes Powerful Case for More Aerospace Jobs 

“It has recently come to our attention that Boeing is considering locations for its planned 777X fuselage manufacturing, composite wing fabrication, and final assembly operations.  We are pleased to hear reports that Huntsville is in contention as a location for this expansion.  Thus, we write to tell you why North Alabama is the best choice.”


WASHINGTON, D.C., Friday, November 22, 2013 – Amid news reports that aerospace giant Boeing is considering Huntsville, Alabama, among sites to build its planned 777X aircraft, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today led the Alabama Congressional delegation in sending a letter to Boeing Chairman, President and CEO, James McNerney, Jr., underscoring the state’s very strong and unique case as the prime location to do the work. 

The delegation highlighted Boeing’s significant existing footprint in North Alabama, which boasts a business-friendly environment that includes decades of high-tech aerospace expertise, low taxation and cost-of-living, a rational regulatory regime, right-to-work laws, low utility rates, and excellent infrastructure.  The letter also points to world-class engineering and science facilities at Alabama’s universities statewide that are producing an abundance of highly skilled workers that would be required to fill the jobs created.

Signing the letter with along with Senator Shelby were Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Congressmen 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 full text of the letter is below.  

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November 22, 2013

 

W. James McNerney, Jr.

Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer

The Boeing Company

100 North Riverside

Chicago, IL  60606

 

Dear Jim,

            It has recently come to our attention that Boeing is considering locations for its planned 777X fuselage manufacturing, composite wing fabrication, and final assembly operations.  We are pleased to hear reports that Huntsville is in contention as a location for this expansion.  Thus, we write to tell you why North Alabama is the best choice.

            Given that Boeing already has such a significant presence in Huntsville, including performing much of its 787 and future 777X engineering work there, you are already familiar with the large, skilled, and reliable workforce that the area provides.  All of Alabama’s universities offer top-notch engineering and science programs with state-of-the-art facilities that can provide the skilled personnel that your expanded presence in Huntsville would require.  Locally, the University of Alabama in Huntsville offers one of the nation’s best Aerospace Engineering programs, while the Alabama Aviation Center, in partnership with the state’s two-year college system, is also committed to providing large numbers of well-educated and trained aerospace workers.

When determining where to locate these new operations, we also hope you will remember that North Alabama’s hospitable business environment includes decades of high-tech aerospace expertise, low taxation and cost-of-living, a rational regulatory regime, right-to-work laws, low utility rates, and excellent infrastructure.

Finally, we want to underscore that Huntsville is not a landlocked location.  It provides immediate access to an international airport with tremendous available capacity, the interstate highway system, the national rail system, and the inland waterway system.  In fact, United Launch Alliance, Boeing’s joint venture with Lockheed Martin, has been manufacturing large Atlas and Delta rocket stages in nearby Decatur and shipping them via inland waterways to the Gulf of Mexico and on to Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Force Base for many years.

We are very pleased to learn of Boeing’s interest in expanding its already significant footprint in Alabama and thus request an opportunity to meet with you to discuss this possibility during the second or third week of December.  Please contact Senator Shelby’s office at your earliest convenience for scheduling purposes.

 

Sincerely,

 

Richard Shelby                                                    Jeff Sessions

United States Senator                                          United States Senator 

                                                                                                                               

Robert Aderholt                                                   Mo Brooks                              

United States Congressman                                 United States Congressman

                                                                                                                               

Spencer Bachus                                                   Mike Rogers

United States Congressman                                  United States Congressman

                                                                                                                               

Martha Roby                                                         Terri Sewell

United States Congressman                                   United States Congressman