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Badger state baiting Boeing

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The Boeing 787 lands in Everett, Washington travelling with crew only from Fort Worth, Texas February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin P. Casey
The Boeing 787 lands in Everett, Washington travelling with crew only from Fort Worth, Texas February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin P. Casey

MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Wisconsin’s development officials are trying to attract a major airplane manufacturer to the Badger state.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation issued a statement saying they are putting together a proposal for Boeing, which is looking for a site to build the next generation 777X commercial airplane.

Boeing is searching for a new site since talks with the machinist union in Washington state broke down after union members rejected proposed concessions that would have meant pension and health insurance cuts.

WEDC officials were not asked for a proposal by Boeing, but state officials say there are already more than 140 suppliers to the aerospace industry in Wisconsin and many of them supply Boeing, making Wisconsin uniquely positioned to meet the company’s needs.

Wisconsin will have stiff competition in the race to attract Boeing. The State of Missouri is offering over 1-point-7 billion dollars in incentives.

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