It becomes apparent Boeing thinks its best bet on a changing aircraft design is found from multiple contributions of engineering, wherever they are found. From the Southern part of California to Russia Boeing seeks talent specific engineering from five potential key partners for the 777X design motifs. Use of titanium in an aircraft would come from Russia and California arenas. That impetus to the 777X design, would rapidly propel this aircraft forward. With that in mind, Boeing is hiring specialist best suited, as the hired guns to do the job. A Boeing Local Posse of engineers would take too long to ramp up on the 777X project. The locals will be used where they are best applied. Puget Sound is in the game only to the extent of bringing the aircraft together in an efficient common effort . 5,000 workers from the C-17 project would like to know if they can work on the 777X or just burn ttheir motgages and move.
The second question is offered by aircraft aficionados around the world. Where will the 777X come together? If its not Everett where the delivery center resides, and the world largest building has it own zip code, then where? This whole diverse scheme of engineering and design suggests a diverse scheme of assembly where all roads lead to where? Charleston,
- Everett, 24oz cup
- Charleston 12 oz cup
St Louis Bourban shot glass (cup)
- Long Beach Dark Horse coming in from Santa Anita Race Track
Everett is logical because the talent and infrastructure are in place for the 777X.
Charleston is second, because it has space and a non union inexperience work force.
A diversification of attention towards a new model balances risks and spreads talent in an apportioned manner into the future. A west coast- east coast spreads labor risks proportionately between Boeing's own investment at the two locations without investing an additional and extraordinary amount of capital at a third location. This type of strategy would eliminate St Louis to a supporting role it now holds as 737 supplier of major parts for the 787 and 737.
An unmentioned third source of labour has greatly emerged in the tech industry. That is of contracted labor. The contractor bids a sum based on required work offered by a company. The contractor supplies the skilled work for for the job. The contracting company provides training and supervision for the task. In the contracted agreement all benefits are provided to its employees under the contract. Competition is between competing contractors for winning the bid. It has not become a part of Boeing's play book as of yet but could become par of that type scenario in the future. If contracting elevates its game with qualified skill sets for a specific technological requirement. The engineering union for Boeing maybe a target from its recent announcement of putting out to bid, engineering on the 777X to five different firms.
This move makes contracting a step closer for all future projects. Contracting may occur on the factory floor with routine and repetitious jobs. Specialized jobs may have a longer shelf life as a Union contract, but will dissolve over time as a contracted temporary work force arises with the same skill set. Competition on the factory floor is a reality in the next 20 years for contracted labor in the production phase. Charleston is that future the North West is looking at. State Tax breaks can only go so far for saving jobs. Automated systems gives unions less leverage for maintaining an ownership over Boeing's labor force.
Back to the new model type, the 777X. Boeing is making a proportioned effort towards the future with each model type. The 787 was the Charleston moment. The 777X is the engineering move and possibly a new build site. A new model is a circumvention opportunity for the old problems with the unions and other monopolies from supply chain issues. Boeing wants to keep choices on the board and not lock into a strangle hold over its own destiny building newer aircraft. A new model (777X) means a new opportunity to shake the shackles of the status quot. What Boeing sees in the future is control of its own destiny. If the cost of moving is the right price, then it will move and leave behind that status quot it opposes. The JAL/Airbus order could be a reaction as Boeing seeks to build 777X in the states. All parts of the Boeing story are moving from some event we are not aware of, or of contemplating as a reason for why Boeing does what it does. The orthopedic footprint in the NW is about to get adjusted.