Mid-Missouri Looks to Grab Piece of Boeing Pie

4 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Monday, December 02 2013 Dec 2, 2013 Monday, December 02, 2013 2:26:00 PM CST December 02, 2013 in News
By: Nick Thompson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers and Gov. Jay Nixon agreed over the Thanksgiving holiday to call a special session to lure a major manufacturer to the Show-Me State. Now, Mid-Missouri is hoping to get a piece of the pie if Boeing chooses to build a new plant in St. Louis.

Lawmakers returned to Jefferson City Monday afternoon and held meetings with their respective caucuses to prepare for the special session.

Gov. Jay Nixon called the special session Friday to bring lawmakers back to put together a tax incentive package for Boeing. Boeing is looking for somewhere to build the 777x, a brand-new commercial aircraft.

Boeing's roots are in Washington in the Seattle area, but the company recently could not come to an agreement with a union there. Now, as many as 15 states are competing aggressively to attract Boeing.

Nixon said Missouri will likely look to dole out $150 million worth of tax credits annually.

Boeing is the second largest employer in the St. Louis area, as more than 15,000 people work for the company's defense wing in north St. Louis County.

If Boeing locates to Missouri, the company would likely build the plant in the St. Louis area.
Ray McCarty, President of the Associated Industries of Missouri, told KOMU 8 news Monday the rest of the state would still see a benefit.

McCarty said many small towns throughout the state are home to "tier-2" and "tier-3" manufacturers - manufacturers that make smaller parts for bigger pieces of equipment.

"Even though Boeing is located in the St. Louis area, we have a lot of suppliers all over this state, many of them in small towns, that make pieces for machinery that is now being manufactured by Boeing," McCarty said. "It is our hope that if Boeing brings all that work into the state of Missouri it will increase business for those suppliers."

Matt McCormick, president and CEO of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, told KOMU 8 News Monday it is still early in the process and he does not yet know the potential impact for Columbia.

McCormick said if Boeing decides to bring the work to Missouri, the chamber would look to build relationships between Boeing and tier-2 and tier-3 manufacturers in Columbia.

"If it's good for Missouri, it's good for all of us," McCormick said.

Boeing wants to see a proposal from each state by December 10th. Nixon said the General Assembly needs to act quickly this week. 

Stay with KOMU 8 News for continuing coverage throughout this week's special session.

More News

Grid
List
UNIVERSITY CITY (AP) — A former St. Louis-area day care teaching assistant has been found guilty of molesting a 5-year-old... More >>
1 minute ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:40:09 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY -- Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 100 block of E. Ashley St. at 11:08 p.m.... More >>
2 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 6:27:00 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri legislators approved numerous changes Thursday to local elections, including allowing voters to request absentee ballots... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 5:27:13 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Casey Shoemate, a 26-year-old Miller County sheriff's deputy, died Friday night after colliding head-on with another vehicle... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 10:05:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Retailer Sears will close its Columbia Mall store this summer because the location has become unprofitable. Sears Director... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 8:46:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- A local non-profit organization, Columbia Access Television, hosted a 24-hour film contest that started Friday at 5:30 pm. ... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 7:13:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK - Community members are coming together to help a family who lost their children in a fire get... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 7:10:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – As more and more fraternities face misconduct charges across the nation, the Greek community of MU is looking... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 6:13:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Eric Greitens is remaining defiant in the face of a new felony charge. On... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 5:45:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Children filled school gymnasiums across Columbia for the second day of the Unbound Book Festival. The festival showcases... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:42:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - April 20 marks the day of the Columbine school shooting, which claimed 13 lives. The Columbia Missouri... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:26:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A potential fire station project on an annexed lot in southwest Columbia could lead to quicker response times... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:21:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - After the deadly fire in Lake Ozark, officials from the Division of Fire Safety are working to... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:01:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For 13 years, Rhonda Harper has been at the helm of Lincoln University's "Marching Musical Storm." ... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 2:26:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - It’s been a little more than two months since the Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 2:04:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a suburban St. Louis police officer fired at a would-be robber about four weeks... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 1:35:11 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lab tests on an unknown substance sent to a Missouri lawmaker suggest it was pesticide.... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 1:31:19 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Slimy fish, boat rides, hiking and tasty leaves are a few things 4th grade students experienced on Friday. ... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 12:59:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
9am 52°
10am 54°
11am 58°
12pm 61°