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Boeing to Bring Jobs to Illinois with New Factory

Boeing will bring up to 300 advanced manufacturing jobs to the greater St. Louis area with the building of a new factory to produce the Navy's MQ-25 Stingray, a carrier-based aircraft.This 300,000 square-foot facility will be located at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport with a completion date in 2024. The first wave of initial employment will include approximately 150 mechanics, engineers, and support staff, but could reach up to 300 with additional orders.Kristin Robertson, vice president and general manager of Autonomous Systems at Boeing Defense, noted that the carrier-based unmanned aircraft will be the first for the Navy. More than 70 MQ-25 aircraft will be produced with the majority being built in the new facility. The first seven MQ-25 aircraft are currently being produced by Boeing and its St. Louis facilities but will be transported to MidAmerica for flight tests.Boeing and the Navy have been flight testing the MQ-25 for two years from the MidAmerica Airport. In recent missions, the Stingray has refueled an F/A-18 Super Hornet, an E-2D Hawkeye and an F-35C Lightning II.The new MQ-25 facility will be added to existing manufacturing operations at Boeing St. Clair, a component producer for the CH-47 Chinook, F/A-18 Super Hornet, F-15, and other defense products.
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