Kansas wants Boeing 777X work

Kansas economic leaders want Boeing to consider Kansas for 777X work.

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Kansas economic leaders say they will try to land Boeing 777X work.

Boeing's throwing open the competition to other states besides Washington to bid on their new 777X plane.

Boeing asked the Machinist's Union in Seattle for contract concessions in exchange for placing the 777X work there. Union members said no by a 67% margin.

So several states including Kansas are calling Boeing seeking the work.

President of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Council, Tim Chase, tells KAKE news Boeing has been contacted of the local interest in the 777X.

Chase says he's been in contact with city, county and state economic leaders about forming an aggressive strategy to lure some or all of the work here.

A spokesperson for Governor Sam Brownback's office says they've reached out to Boeing reminding them of the state's aviation experience and skilled work force.

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