State: Rockford was finalist for Boeing plant

ROCKFORD – State officials said Rockford was a finalist being considered for a massive Boeing plant before the aerospace company reached a deal with a union and agreed to build its 777X planes near Seattle.

David Roeder, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, said Chicago-based Boeing narrowed 54 proposed locations for the multi-billion factory down to about five. He said that short list included Rockford.

States across the country were trying to win the assembly plant and its 8,500 jobs. But Boeing agreed to build the new plane in Washington after a union narrowly approved an eight-year contract last week.

Boeing is still making supply chain decisions for the plane.