States grovel before Boeing in bid for 777X jobs

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With Boeing the king of U.S. aircraft manufacturing, more than a dozen states are groveling before the throne for a share of the riches to be made from the next-generation 777 jetliner.

States are rushing to impress Boeing with lavish incentive packages that offer property, labor deals, and billions of dollars in tax breaks. All this in the hopes that the aerospace giant will select them to assemble the new 777X — or at least give them a wing to construct.

The competition underscores Boeing’s commanding bargaining position in an economy where top-notch manufacturing jobs remain scarce and elected officials feel obligated to pursue every growth opportunity.

‘‘We have gotten a tremendous response, and it’s obviously created a lot of interest and a lot of excitement,’’ Boeing spokesman Doug Alder said.

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