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April 21, 2013

Don’t think a Northwest presence is a sure thing with Boeing

Geography had little to do with establishing Western Washington as one of the world’s great centers for the commercial aerospace industry. The happy historical coincidences and accidents that put Bill Boeing and his interest in aviation here, instead of somewhere else, as well as the decisions, gambles and mistakes that made his namesake company a dominant player in the industry while others faded, were not a function of place the way that the forest-products industry grew up here because that’s where the trees were.

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