Metro-East News

If Boeing gets T-X deal, it will build fleet in St. Louis – supporting 1,800 jobs

If Boeing is awarded the U.S. Air Force contract to build the T-X aircraft, the aerospace giant announced Monday that the fleet will be assembled in St. Louis.

A release from the company stated the job would support around 1,800 positions in the region, directly and indirectly connected to the construction of 350 T-X aircraft, valued at up to $16 billion.

“Our highly skilled St. Louis workforce designed, assembled and brought Boeing T-X to life, and they continue to define the future, not just for our company, but for our customers and the global aerospace industry,” Shelley Lavender, St. Louis senior executive and president of Boeing Military Aircraft, said in the release.

The plane, used in the U.S. Air Force pilot training program, will replace the T-38 trainer currently being used.

Previously, Boeing added 500 jobs to the St. Louis area when the company consolidated some of its facilities.

“The Boeing T-X trainer will keep Americans safe and create more jobs for Missourians,” Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said in the release. “Companies like Boeing, which are committed to growing and investing here, show the world that our state is open for business and ready to create new jobs.”

The contract will be awarded by the end of the year.