December 14, 2015
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Boeing offers first look at new 737 MAX



The latest Boeing model was released to the world last week in a ceremony at the Renton plant that has been retrofitted to produce the 737 MAX. The newly-unveiled aircraft is named the “Spirit of Renton.” The biggest innovation in the MAX is the new LEAP engine, which will increase fuel efficiency by 14 to 20 percent. The plan also has striking forked wingtips and a reshaped tail cone to increase aerodynamic efficiency.

The production process is also remarkable. In what The Seattle Times calls a “rabbit-out-of-the-hat transformation,” Boeing outfitted factory space for the MAX alongside two active lines that continue to churn out 42 traditional 737s a month. The third assembly line means the production rate in Renton will climb to 52 jets per month in 2018, and possibly as high as 60 per month by the end of the decade.

The new 737 MAX will begin test flights early in 2016. The first MAX delivery should go to Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017.

Aviation Week and the Puget Sound Business Journal also covered the unveiling.



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Leading Without New Top-Down Mandates

Recognize success industries are having in cutting CO2

By Kris Johnson, AWB president, and Daren Konopaski, vice president and business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302

It is true this year's drought and wildfire season wreaked havoc on the state, a point that Gov. Jay Inslee makes while promoting his government-centric carbon emissions reduction plan. But the governor's labeling of those who disagree with the details of his plan as "fear mongers" is not fair.

There is no denying there is more work ahead, but there is also no denying that Washington employers and their employees are already leading the way toward the cleaner future that Gov. Inslee -- and frankly all Washingtonians -- so strongly desire.

Gov. Inslee has continued to say "it's time to lead," but Washington employers and employees are already leading the way toward environmental solutions that work -- without top-down, bureaucratic mandates that raise taxes on everyday citizens but don't solve the problem.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Herald
Delays Hurt Workers and Economy

State should speed up permits for export docks

By Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch

While our neighbors to the north and south of Washington watch their port infrastructure grow and flourish, our state -- the most export-dependent in the nation -- is improbably holding up billions of dollars in private infrastructure development that would only help us compete with California and Canada.

The delay with regard to the export terminal expansions in Bellingham and Longview is patently unacceptable. Proposed projects and potential investments in this state should benefit from a fair, timely and predictable review process. Yet that is not the case with these projects, whose review has been in process for three years and subject to numerous, ongoing delays.

It is one thing to politically disagree with these projects on the basis of exporting a particular commodity -- in this case, coal -- and to express concern over the environmental standards to which these projects must adhere. It is quite another to attempt to bind these projects with endless government bureaucracy and red tape in hopes that the investors will give up and go elsewhere. Our competition is ready and willing to accept new business and is making the needed investments to do so.
Click here to read the full column in The Olympian
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