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Statement from Renton Mayor Denis Law on Boeing’s Decision Regarding the 737

July 20, 2011

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Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569
Alex Pietsch, Community & Economic Development Administrator, 425-430-6592

“The City of Renton is extremely pleased that The Boeing Company has chosen to extend the life of the world’s best selling commercial aircraft, by introducing a new variation with more efficient engines.

Boeing has been producing airplanes in Renton for 70 years, connecting people across the globe. Every 2.2 seconds, a Renton-built 737 takes off or lands somewhere in the world.

The City of Renton is demonstrating on a daily basis our commitment to meeting Boeing’s needs. Last year we signed a new long-term lease agreement with Boeing for its use of Renton Municipal Airport and we continue to ensure a seamless and speedy permitting process for the capital improvements to the Renton Plant as the company ramps up its production capabilities. We certainly stand ready to accommodate any new requirements that today’s decision will bring about.

We are delighted that Boeing’s announcement today to re-engine its 737, subject to Boeing board approval, offers greater assurance that for many years to come thousands of workers will remain on the job in Washington State and right here in Renton, the best place in the world to produce commercial airplanes.”