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State Rep Says "Bring Boeing To Decatur"

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:52:59 CST
By: AP

An Illinois lawmaker says he wants Boeing Co. to build a new manufacturing plant in Decatur. Forsyth Republican Rep. Bill Mitchell is hoping the Chicago-based aerospace company will build its new factory in the central Illinois community. Boeing is looking for a location to build its new 400-seat 777X jetliner. Boeing is looking at a $7 billion to $10 billion plant that would start with 3,250 workers in 2018 and grow to 8,500 by 2024. Mitchell says Decatur has ``great manufacturing capacity and a highly skilled workforce.'' Several other states also submitted offers by Tuesday's deadline. Boeing officials are expected to announce the new plant's location early next year.

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