SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, USA (AP) – Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing Co. is investing $ 200 million to begin manufacturing the latest US Navy drone at MidAmerica St. Louis, on a project that could generate more than 150 jobs on the company’s southwest Illinois campus, according to an announcement scheduled for Friday.
Boeing plans to build the MQ-25 Stingray, Armana’s first carrier drone on a state-of-the-art plant of more than 27,000 square meters (about 291,000 square feet), according to an advance statement sent to The Associated Press.
State officials and company officials will hold a press conference later Friday to announce the plan at MidAmerica in Mascoutah, about 29 miles (47 kilometers) southeast of St. Louis.
“That the world’s largest aerospace company is betting on Illinois attests to our unrivaled assets in the transportation and logistics industry and the world-class talents of our people,” said Illinois Governor JB Pritzker in a prepared statement. .
Pritzker added that $ 57 million in state funding has been set aside for improvements at the MidAmerica St. Louis airport, of which nearly half will power the Boeing project.
In this January 25, 2011 file photo, the Boeing Company logo is displayed on a company building in El Segundo, California. (AP Photo / Reed Saxon, file)