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Boeing reportedly planning composite wing plant

Boeing workers in Washington hope the company will decide to build carbon-fiber composite wings for a bigger 777 in the state.

Mark Blondin of the International Association of Machinists union says a new wing plant would be a giant win for the state.  

The Seattle Times reports a manufacturing plan for the 777X is expected to go to the Boeing board by the end of the year. The plane would likely be assembled at the Everett plant where current 777s are put together. A new wing plant would add hundreds of jobs.  

The only sizable composite pieces built in Washington now are the 787 tail fin and the 777 tail, which are made at Boeing’s Frederickson plant near Tacoma.

Boeing executive to speak next fall in Spokane

James AlbaughJames Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, will be the keynote speaker at Greater Spokane Incorporated's annual meeting Sept. 12.

Albaugh was president and CEO of Boeing Space and Communications from 1998 to 2002. In 2002 he became president and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, and in 2009 he took over Boeing Commercial.

“Boeing's recent announcement to build the new 737MAX in the Northwest gave our region's aerospace industry a huge lift,” said Rich Hadley, president and CEO of GSI.

“Mr. Albaugh will be able to share his view of the future of aerospace in our region,” Hadley continued. “Our local suppliers will hear from Boeing Commercial's top executive right here in Spokane.”

State House passes 2 aerospace-related bills

OLYMPIA — The House has passed two bills requested by Gov. Chris Gregoire meant to shore up the state’s aerospace competitiveness.

One bill establishes three grant programs: one for high schools to prepare students for jobs as entry-level aerospace assemblers, another for skills centers to have enhanced manufacturing skills programs, and another for high schools to create specialized courses in science, technology, engineering, and math.

That measure passed on a 77-18 vote today.

Another measure requires the Professional Educator Standards Board to revise certification and certificate renewal standards for elementary teachers and secondary science and math teachers to include knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.   

That bill passed on a 93-2 vote. Both measures now head to the Senate for consideration.

GSI topic: Spokane’s role in aerospace industry

Spokane's role in building the regional aerospace industry will be discussed Wednesday morning at an event sponsored by Greater Spokane Incorporated.

Members of the Washington Aerospace Partnership and the Spokane Aerospace Initiative for Recruitment Team also will present information from the recent Washington State Competitiveness Report.

It begins at 10:30 a.m. at Greater Spokane Incorporated, 801 West Riverside Ave., Suite 100.

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