State Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, is one of 12 lawmakers this week to be named to a special task force organized by Gov. Jay Inslee to encourage Boeing to build its latest version of the 777 aircraft in the state.
Boeing is considering increasing its production rates of the new 777s, known as 777X, from an average of 8.3 per month to as many as 10 to 12 a month, but may look elsewhere to build them. The goal of Inslee’s task force is to address concerns the company may have ranging from transportation to taxation before expanding production in the state.
“It is important we make every effort to keep Boeing jobs here in Washington, but at the same time, whatever we are doing for Boeing we should be doing for all businesses in Washington,” Manweller said in a news release. “We have a great opportunity to address the factors that impact our competitiveness such as business taxation, workers’ compensation, transportation and regulatory reform.”
Only six of the dozen task force members have been announced so far, with Manweller as the only area representative named. The full list will be released Wednesday, the day of the task force’s first scheduled meeting in Everett during the Governor’s Aerospace Summit.
The task force is expected to meet five times before the Dubai Air Show in November, where Boeing is expected to formally kick off the 777X program to the public. The company hasn’t announced a date for when it will decide on the location of the assembly of the aircraft.