Seattle Newspaper Reporting That Boeing Chooses Washington over Arkansas Sites

December 5, 2003 - Posted at 10:13 a.m. CDT

SEATTLE, AR - A Seattle newspaper is reporting that a Boeing Company executive has decided a new jet should be assembled in Everett, Washington.

Officials in Arkansas submitted several possible sites for the plant where the 7E7 Dreamliner jet is to be assembled, including a Region 8 location at the Arkansas Aeroplex (former Eaker Air Force Base) in Blytheville.

The Seattle Times says in a copyright article today that the Boeing team chose Everett, where Boeing already builds 747's, 767's and 777's.

A Boeing spokesman declined comment on the report and wouldn't say whethere the company has settled on a site recommendation.

The company has announced that parts of the wing for the new jet will be built in Tulsa, Oklahoma, bringing at least 500 new jobs to that area.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)