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Michigan Bids For Boeing Plant

Thu Jun 12, 2003 2:40 am

Check this out ... Willow Run looks like winner... I HOPE!!!!!!!!!!

Michigan. bids for Boeing plant

Willow Run Airport seen as top contender for facility that could create up to 1,200 jobs

By Deb Price / Detroit News Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- Michigan is making a bid for a $900 million Boeing Co. assembly plant that will build the company's next generation passenger jet fleet -- and Willow Run Airport is emerging as the state's top contender.

A coalition of business, government and labor leaders hopes to persuade the aircraft manufacturing giant that Michigan is the best place to locate the plant, which would create as many as 1,200 highly skilled jobs.

Competition by other states is expected to be fierce.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) plans to submit several potential sites to Boeing by June 20, although it declined to disclose the 10 localities it has approached. Boeing says it will announce the winner by year-end.

"The governor is very interested in doing this," said Sabrina Keeley, the MEDC's chief operating officer. "That is why we are going to make a very strong pitch. ... This would be a huge win."

The facility would build Boeing's fuel-efficient 7E7, which will hold 200 to 250 passengers, said Boeing spokeswoman Mary Hanson.

Willow Run Airport "hits the target" for what Boeing is looking for, said Barbara Hogan, spokeswoman for the Wayne County Airport Authority, which oversees Detroit Metro Airport and Willow Run.

Located mostly in Wayne County, near Ypsilanti, Willow Run has five runways and sits on 2,600 acres.

It is near a deep-water port on the Detroit River, is close to major railway and interstate highway lines, and has 1,500 acres available for building, far more that the 600 acres Boeing says it needs.

It is also eight miles from Metro Airport, making it convenient to fly in Boeing executives and engineers, she said.

"What we have to offer puts us in a very good position and we are hopeful," Hogan said.

During World War II, Ford Motor Co. turned out 8,685 B-24 Liberators, trucks and other war hardware at Willow Run.

U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Livonia, said he and other Michigan federal, state and county officials are looking at putting together an incentive package to "sweeten" the state's chances.

The package could include tax breaks, job training grants, and needed infrastructure such as roads and sewers, said McCotter and MEDC spokeswoman Jennifer Owens.

"When you land a project like this, it is good for the entire economy of the region," said McCotter. "We are trying to put Michigan at the top of the list."

Chicago-based Boeing, the largest maker of satellites, commercial jets and military aircraft, had total company revenues for 2002 of $54.1 billion and employs 160,000 workers around the globe.

Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes contributed to this report.

 
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RE: Michigan Bids For Boeing Plant

Thu Jun 12, 2003 2:58 am

By what course does a large ship navigate from the ocean to the Detroit River?
 
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RE: Michigan Bids For Boeing Plant

Thu Jun 12, 2003 3:09 am

Atlantic Ocean....St. Lawrence Seaway....Lake Ontario....Welland Canal....Lake Erie....Detroit River
 
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RE: Michigan Bids For Boeing Plant

Thu Jun 12, 2003 6:40 am

Thanks, FT. I didn't know about the Welland Canal. You live and you learn.
 
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RE: Michigan Bids For Boeing Plant

Thu Jun 12, 2003 6:57 am

Yes, the Welland Canal is much easier than going over the falls... Would be interesting to see if this succeds, as every state is fighting for this production line and is keen to advertise itself in the lead in a press release. Plus, they have the "luxury" of dealing with the MEDC, a quasi-governmental organization based out of Lansing. When is the decision supposed to be made?

I remember as a kid, Kansas City was billing itself as the leader for the new MD-12 factory. All this wrangling may be for nothing.

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RE: Michigan Bids For Boeing Plant

Thu Jun 12, 2003 7:01 am

They are suppose to send the proposal in couple of weeks and Boeing would decide by the end of the year.
 
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RE: Michigan Bids For Boeing Plant

Thu Jun 12, 2003 7:25 am

One important fact is a little thing called Winter and the fact that the great lakes both freeze over and also shut down to traffic during this time. I am sure that is going to be a consideration as is Toledo which is going after this as well.
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RE: Michigan Bids For Boeing Plant

Thu Jun 12, 2003 7:38 am

Another state trying to lure the plant is Georgia. Several sites near the cities of Brunswick and Savannah have been rumored as potential sites for the 7E7 plant. With Savannah already being home to the Gulfstream plant (which is laying off employees due to the economic downturn), a pool of skilled aviation workers are already in place in the region. Savannah and Brunswick both have very good port facilities, which is one of the key things Boeing wants, as well as having very good interstate access (which was one of the reasons why Daimler-Chrysler choose the Savannah area for their new plant to build the Sprinter van) to the plant. But many analysts think that this site search is all a ploy to get better tax and economic breaks from the State of Washington.
 
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RE: Michigan Bids For Boeing Plant

Thu Jun 12, 2003 7:57 am

Well, with Washington state offering tax breaks, it seems the 7E7 final assembly will remain in Washington.

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1107644/
 
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RE: Michigan Bids For Boeing Plant

Thu Jun 12, 2003 9:58 am

I read this article when it came out in Sunday's paper. It sounds more like an advertisement than a press release. Too bad they don't mention any of the negative aspects. That, and the fact that just about every state is attempting to get this deal.
 
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RE: Michigan Bids For Boeing Plant

Thu Jun 12, 2003 10:02 am

Well the money WA is offering is big. Kansas is putting up a similar proposal -- but the total subsidies is $500 million.
 
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RE: Michigan Bids For Boeing Plant

Thu Jun 12, 2003 10:05 am

Mesa Arizona wants it bad, too!
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/0609mon1-09.html
with Senator John McCain's backing
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/gilbert/articles/0604thomason04Z6.html

I dont think they'll get it though. I think Washington, then Long Beach are most likely. They got their tax concessions from Washington State today, didn't I see that? $2.5 billion? That'll do it!
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RE: Michigan Bids For Boeing Plant

Thu Jun 12, 2003 2:41 pm

The cost of shipping parts to this location will be very high. If you look at the distance the parts must travel. By using The Great Circle Mapper to look at the basic route a ship would have to take it would over 11500nm to get from Tokyo harbor to Willow Run. It's only 4161nm to Seattle. Add 600nm if the ship goes to LA. From these ports it's only 1250-1050nm if the parts are shipped to Wichita by rail. But the cost of the rail shipment would most likely cost as much as the whole Sea shipment.
Plus... Are the waterways that lead to Willow Run open year-round?

I would think that a West coast city has best chances, with Wichita in the running if they can pull together a nice package. Masa might have a chance but the cost of liveing in that area is high, and the size of a "skilled" work force is in question.
 
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RE: Michigan Bids For Boeing Plant

Fri Jun 13, 2003 1:11 am

Actually, Sinlock, Mesa's cost of living is definitely not that high, and the thousands of laid off Motorola, Intel, Honeywell, and AMD employees here in the Valley would strongly disagree with lack of skilled workers as an argument.

That said, still a long shot here at best. WA State will get it.
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