January 30, 2017
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Parts for Boeing 777X will be rolling off lines in Everett soon

Within weeks, the first parts for the new 777X will roll off the line at Boeing's Everett plant. It's an important step in the company's production of this next-generation airliner. The first parts will be used to build a plane that will never leave the ground -- instead, it will be bent, pulled, pushed, and otherwise sent well past the structure's designed limits to ensure that the 777X is as strong in real life as it is on paper, The Herald reports.

The Boeing 777X is a major step forward in airplane design and construction, with the biggest-ever composite wings for a commercial jetliner. They're being built in a new $1 billion facility in Everett using advanced technology that keeps Washington state on the cutting edge of composites.

While based on the classic 777, this new plane is redesigned on so many levels that it is considered more than just a redesign. The program is on schedule as it moves through design and, starting within weeks, into production.

Read more about the 777X carbon fiber wings and the Everett plant in the summer 2015 Washington Business magazine.



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Kudos to Microsoft for bold public-policy goals for Washington state

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Microsoft is taking its regional public service to a new level with the release of an ambitious legislative agenda for Washington state.

Under its president, Brad Smith, the company has increasingly advocated for education, transportation and economic development.

Recognizing that the entire state has unmet needs, the company is broadening its agenda beyond the Puget Sound area. Best of all, Microsoft is offering to help incubate and partly fund several new programs to get them launched.

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Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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