No, it certainly isn’t. From both a policy and an attitude/political perspective, it’s not going to have a growing industrial sector for many years. This is what their illustrious governor (who is a rabid partisan) posted a few days ago;
“Let me be clear - when the market for airplanes comes back, Boeing must bring these jobs back to Washington state.”https://twitter.com/govinslee/status/13 ... 56576?s=21
That’s not going to lead to a ‘positive relationship’ with Boeing, or any other business.
FWIW, Washington has given Boeing a lot, and Boeing hasn't returned the favor, in fact they've taken advantage of the state. Washington has given Boeing tax breaks, without any strings attached. In many ways the state hasn't wised up to the fact that Boeing isn't a hometown company anymore. Its a Chicago based McDonald Douglas in Boeing clothing. One of our local commentators put it pretty well Jilted again, the problem isn’t Boeing, it’s us
I could see the delivery center moving up to Everett and the sale of Boeing Field.
I'm guessing you mean the Boeing operations and buildings at Boeing Field. Boeing won't be selling Boeing Field because they don't own it. King County does. (It is officially King County International Airport.) I don't see Boeing moving the delivery center to Paine Field in Everett for one reason: It'll take too long for customers to get there. Boeing Field is great because is 15 minutes away from SeaTac, whereas Paine Field is 40 minutes away on a good day, and two hours away on a bad day. Yes, some customers could fly into Paine Field, but its has a very limited number of destinations and airlines.
The ongoing political unrest in Seattle I am sure does not help either.
What political unrest? I live in Seattle. For the City of Seattle proper 99% of it has no unrest. Oh and Boeing has very few operations in the city proper, most are in Everett or Renton. Both of those cities have had no notable unrest.
It's interesting how I've seen different, moving to the Puget Sound region in 1984. When Boeing first built Everett, they paid for building the 4 lane freeway from I-5, now HWY 426. Then when they were expanding Everett for the 777, the State took Boeing hostage to pay AGAIN for the freeway, expanding it by several lanes and additional overpasses. Why, because traffic from others had sucked up all the capacity of the freeway, so it was only fair that Boeing pay again.
I was involved with the new Boeing Field Paint Hanger in the early '90s. King County couldn't review the building permit plans in anything under 16 months, but if Boeing paid huge added fees the could do it in 8 months. To start building before this Boeing had to buy performance bonds to ensure any changes required were already paid for. Boeing was really happy about the several millions spent for that bond, in SC their plans were approved in days.
Washington is a high tax and cost state for business, very high workmen's comp for example. They do not have income tax but have a Business and Occupation tax that charges the business on revenue, not profits. Sales outside of the state don't count though. The states Sales Tax includes the cost of field labor in construction, adding about half of the cost of the building to the tax bill at 8.6%. Yes Boeing got lots and lots of exemptions from taxes and fees other businesses should pay, but it still is more than any business gets charged in SC or Texas.
Boeing has now gone out to Bid for the 787 original production, 787 line 2, the MAX, and the 777X. Why - in order to get a fair shake in terms of the costs Government imposes. Same with Amazon, the HQ2 bids was so Amazon could get a level playing field. Their competition would love a several point advantage.
In terms of Unions, I see a similar case occurring that killed the US Steel Industry. They just couldn't partner with the companies in the ways where the industry stayed competitive. Rather insist on wages, work rules, and strikes that the competition didn't have to endure. I watched both McLouth Steel and Great Lakes Steel killed by this, their customers went with import steel instead of that produced just miles away.
Boeing's move of the 787 is the same battle, different contestants. Will WA and the workers wake up to reality enough to keep the next program here - stay tuned.