Boeing will bring up to 700 more jobs to north St. Louis County to build parts for its 777x commercial airliner.
With the announcement, coupled with other expansions announced in the past 18 months, it appears Boeing will be eligible for incentives approved in a special session of the Missouri Legislature in 2013, that it was hoped would lure production of the 777x to St. Louis.
The threshold for those incentives was the creation of 2,000 new jobs within ten years for aerospace industry projects. According to the release from Governor Jay Nixon’s office, Boeing in the past year-and-a-half has announced the creation of 400 new information technology jobs, 400 research and technology jobs, and just last week, 500 jobs for service and support of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor.
If those marks and the 700 figure announced today are all met, that would be enough to reach 2,000 jobs.
The legislature late last year approved, and Governor Nixon signed, a $1.7-billion package of tax breaks. St. Louis County officials offered another $1.8 billion in incentives.
Boeing employs about 15,000 people in the St. Louis area, but never before has the company had any part of its commercial aircraft operations in the region.
The company will expand its current composites facility to make way for the new work. Production of 777x parts is slated to begin in 2017.