Boeing to build Navy aircraft at MidAmerica, invest $200M


MASCOUTAH, Ill. — Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing Co. will invest $200 million over 15 years to manufacture the U.S. Navy’s latest unmanned aircraft at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.

Boeing plans to manufacture the MQ-25 Stingray, the Navy’s first carrier-based unmanned aircraft. It will come out of a state-of-the-art, 291,000-square-foot facility. Construction is scheduled to start later this year and be completed by 2024.

The new production center will bring 300 jobs to the Metro East with initial plans to hire about 150 mechanics, engineers, and support staff who will build the MQ-25 Stingray. 

Mid-America Airport also expects significant upgrades. A $7 million Rebuild Illinois capital grant will help to expand the passenger terminal facility.

Multiple Illinois state and local elected leaders are scheduled to be on hand for today’s announcement including Boeing executives, St. Clair County Executive Mark Kern, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. Pritzker’s office calling the announcement a major manufacturing investment creating jobs in the Metro East.

Boeing says its operations here already include manufacturing that produces components for CH-47 Chinook Helicopter, the FA-18 Super Hornet, and other defense products.

The new facility will add to the existing manufacturing programs in St. Clair that include components for the CH-47 Chinook, F/A-18 Super Hornet, and other defense products.

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