Boeing might open another facility in the South

Staff writerSeptember 30, 2013 

Boeing, which in recent years has opened its first new commercial airplane assembly plant outside Washington in South Carolina, is reportedly considering building another major facility in the South.

The company reportedly is considering siting an engine-testing facility in Florida.

Boeing recently consolidated its pilot training operation in Miami, closing down its Seattle flight training simulator facility.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University officials last week told the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce that they're negotiating with Boeing about opening a $24-million engine testing facility at the school's research park in Daytona Beach.

John Johnson, the school's president said the negotiations look "very promising," the Daytona News-Journal reported.

If the university and Boeing can reach an agreement, the engine testing facility can be open for business within two years, said the university official.

The facility would have the ability to test engines not made by General Electric. Boeing now tests engines at General Electric facilities in Ohio. Embry-Riddle has been seeking tenants for the 90-acre research park for about 10 years.


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