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Wagner Welcomes Boeing T-X Assembly Line, Additional Jobs to St. Louis

Sep 27, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02) released the following statement applauding the United States Air Force and Boeing’s T-X contract award announcement. The program office, engineering, and final assembly line for the Boeing T-X will be based in St. Louis, sustaining more than 1,800 estimated jobs.

“Missouri’s defense industry is booming, with Boeing’s skilled St. Louis workers leading aerospace manufacturing into the future of training American pilots,” said Congresswoman Wagner. “Today’s announcement reinforces our state’s strong legacy of leading the way in the national security industry. Creating jobs and expanding our manufacturing base here in St. Louis are critical components of establishing Missouri as an innovative and technological leader.

 “With such an experienced workforce alongside an unparalleled track record of carrying out large aerospace projects, St. Louis is the perfect fit for final assembly of the new T-X trainer,” added Wagner. “Boeing’s innovative spirit and dedication to excellence has certainly built a great legacy in the past 100 years and will no doubt prove to be the best choice for training pilots for generations to come.”

BACKGROUND

  • In May 2017, Congresswoman Wagner participated in Boeing’s announcement of St. Louis being the location of the final T-X assembly in the event of the contract being awarded.
  • Boeing is Missouri’s largest manufacturer, producing some of the world’s most advanced, mission-ready military aircraft and weapons systems.
  • Boeing and its partner Saab have created an advanced pilot training system that includes the aircraft, ground based training, and support, all designed together from the ground up, specifically for the U.S Air Force training mission. The program is expected to include production of 351 jets for the Air Force.
  • Nationwide, the T-X contract will support or sustain more than 17,000 U.S. jobs in 34 states.