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Mayor says Boeing has space to grow in Huntsville

Huntsville has been mentioned as a possible location for the company to make the new 777X aircraft. (Source: Boeing) Huntsville has been mentioned as a possible location for the company to make the new 777X aircraft. (Source: Boeing)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Tennessee Valley leaders are making their opinions on a possible Boeing expansion as clear as possible.

After Boeing's unions rejected a contract to build the new 777X jet at its facilities in Seattle, Huntsville has been mentioned as a possible location for the company to make the aircraft.

Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong joined several other leaders meeting with Boeing reps, and said the county is well-positioned to welcome Boeing and should be attractive to the company's leaders.

"We have a technical workforce… a workforce that's second to none. We also have a very educated engineering field here in Madison County. You've got 15 counties in Alabama and southern Tennessee that are huge partners in what we do here," said Strong.

Strong points to one special measure the state has already taken: a new state law, passed in March, to protect large aircraft makers from lawsuits over their planes in the distant future. The law was actually written for Airbus, but Strong said it's exactly what a company like Boeing would need too.

Mayor Tommy Battle said that if Boeing decides to expand, they would most likely be situated out at the airport, where there is a 300-acre plot between the two runways that would be a good starting point.

"This is a unique opportunity for Boeing to put the engineering, the systems integration, and the production all in one place and make sure we can produce the best plane in the world," Battle said.

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