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Analyst Says IL Has No Chance To Produce New Boeing Airliner

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:03:15 CST
By: AP


Illinois is among more than 20 states bidding to host manufacturing for Boeing's new 777x airliner. But experts say it doesn't make much sense to build the plane here. Aerospace industry analyst Richard Aboulafia puts Illinois' chances at ``zero.'' He says the state lacks history on the manufacturing end of the industry.   Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity spokesman David Roeder wouldn't discuss what Illinois has offered Boeing but says the pitch is compelling. Other experts also note that Boeing wants billions of dollars in tax breaks and other incentives like free or cheap land to build on. Boeing's headquarters is in Chicago but Aboulafia says even that may not be an edge. He says the company picked Chicago in part to put distance between its headquarters and manufacturing.

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