This is kinda old-news by now. But it dovetails with a story I’m working for our newspaper, an industrial overview of Elmore County. We’re some four hours north of Mobile, but with a composites plant on the eastern side of the county, this decision could mean big-time benefits for local workers.
Washington-state politicians (notably Democrats) have decried the choice of a non-American firm’s airframe.
The Air Force announcement was met with disappointment in Boeing country. The company planned to assemble its tankers on its commercial 767 line in Everett, Wash., and modify them for military use in Wichita, Kan. The tanker program would support 44,000 American jobs, according to Boeing. Thats nearly double the 25,000 jobs that Northrop estimated its KC-30 would support.
Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., told the Associated Press that he is disappointed in the decision and looks forward to reading the Air Forces justification for the decision.
I don’t have any real comment on this story. really, the casefiles are serving as my virtual notebook, since I’ll probably write the piece from home.