Production of Boeing's new 777x is staying put in Washington after machinists approved a new contract to build the plane in Everett, but at one point Spokane was pitched as a potential low-cost alternative for the aircraft assembly line.
In that pitch the Boeing plant would have been out on the West Plains close to Spokane International Airport. Greater Spokane Incorporated says they knew it was a long shot but wanted to put Spokane's name out there.
In the state's pitch to Boeing, Spokane was listed a low-cost alternative to Boeing's Everett plant. The report lists lower business costs, commute times and low natural disaster rate as a reason why Boeing should consider building the jet in Spokane.
The area has more aerospace companies in the state outside the Puget Sound region. Over the past six years the aerospace industry here has grown by 20-percent. While Boeing machinists voted to keep production in western Washington, GSI claims the proposal paves the way for the future of aerospace in Spokane by helping raise the Lilac City's visibility to aerospace companies like Boeing.
While Boeing won't be putting a plant in Spokane, the new 777x contract will mean more revenue for more than 100 companies in the Inland Northwest that manufacture airplane parts.