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"We're concerned," Governor Jay Inslee said Monday. "Boeing has moved some engineering jobs out of our state. We don't want to lose a single one of those jobs. We have to compete for every one of them."

Gov. Jay Inslee touts Washington's aerospace prowess to Airbus, Boeing competitors

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There are roughly 1,300 aerospace companies in Washington and only one of them is named Boeing. Boeing is the undisputed driver in this situation, but the health and success of the other companies is vital for the state's economy.

Governor Jay Inslee knows that as he spends the week at the Farnborough Air Show outside London. The health of Washington aerospace is also a good hedge against Boeing's continued moves to send work out of state.

"We're concerned," the governor said Monday. "Boeing has moved some engineering jobs out of our state. We don't want to lose a single one of those jobs. We have to compete for every one of them."

Inslee continues to meet with international companies this week, including companies like Boeing's chief rival Airbus, touting what Washington has to offer.

"What we're learning is that we have all these other niches that can succeed," he said.

"The biggest reasons these companies are interested in us is because we have what they want, which is talent," Inslee said. "We have the best aircraft manufacturing team in the world and they recognize that."

That's why Mitsubishi just agreed to open an airplane testing and certification center in Moses Lake on Monday.

Most of the jobs will go to Japanese engineers but about two dozen local engineering jobs will also be created.

The center in Moses Lake will be the first major infrastructure improvement at the old Air Force air field in decades and it will be a big economic boost to Grant County.

It serves as another reminder that there are aerospace companies working in 36 of Washington's 39 counties and only one of them is named Boeing.


Chris Sullivan, KIRO Radio Reporter
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