December 12, 2016
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'Bright future ahead for Boeing in Washington,' says company executive

Boeing's future in Washington is secure, thanks in part to state tax credits that strengthen the aerospace industry. That was part of the message that Susan Champlain, director of government operations for Boeing, said during a recent luncheon in Moses Lake sponsored by the Grant County Economic Development Council.

Boeing is the state's largest private employer and the nation's biggest single exporter, Champlain said.

And half of the company's 160,000 global workers are right here in Washington making the planes that customers across the globe are lining up to buy.

Champlain noted that airlines and governments are expected to buy nearly 40,000 passenger planes over the next 30 years -- that's $6 trillion in sales. This morning, Boeing announced a completed $16.6 billion deal to sell jets to Iran. To help meet that demand as global competitors develop their own products, Boeing has invested $1.3 billion to build high-tech carbon fiber composite wings in Everett as part of the 777X.

“We think our future is bright here,” Champlain said. “Sales are going pretty well. We will thrive here in Washington.”

The Columbia Basin Herald has the story.

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Building with renewables

By Washington Business magazine

With the tagline "engineered to outlive you," Brooks Manufacturing Co. designs and manufactures quality wood crossarms and transmission framing products for the electric utility industry. Established in 1915, Brooks Manufacturing has been owned and operated by the Brooks family since 1935. Brooks is a certified woman-owned business enterprise.

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