Gov. planning to keep Boeing 737 production in WA



SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire chose Renton Technical College for Wednesday’s announcement of her action agenda to ensure Boeing assembles its 737 MAX in Washington.

The governor launched Project Pegasus in June with the idea of landing the work on the replacement for the workhorse 737.

In August Boeing announced it would put new engines on the 737 to improve fuel efficiency and compete with the Airbus A320neo. Boeing said it had 496 commitments for the 737 MAX. It’s expected to announce next year where it will be assembled. Current 737s roll out of Boeing’s factory in Renton.

In October, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced an alliance of government, business and labor to keep Boeing jobs in the Seattle area. Constantine announced a $100,000 competitive study and $30,000 to Project Pegasus.