FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2002

Ellen Qualls
www.governor.state.va.us
(804) 786-2211, x2379


Debbie Nomaguchi
The Boeing Company
(425) 373-2780
Jill Lawrence
VEDP
(804) 371-0049
Boeing Locates New Division Office In Fairfax County
-Governor Warner welcomes 100 new air traffic management positions -


RICHMOND - Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner today announced that The Boeing Company has opened a new air traffic management office in Fairfax County. Boeing established this start-up division to develop a new concept for national air traffic management. This concept addresses the critical need nationwide to enhance the security and safety of air transportation while increasing its capacity and efficiency. Boeing Air Traffic Management also has an office near Seattle, Washington. The company has been working closely with about 40 different organizations and companies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, to define the performance requirements for a new air traffic system. With the opening of its McLean office, The Boeing Company’s total employment level in the Commonwealth has risen to more than 1,400. In addition, the company spends nearly $120 million annually with its Virginia-based suppliers.

“I am very pleased to see The Boeing Company add 100 new jobs in Virginia,” said Governor Warner. “Because of the attack on our nation in September, homeland security has become a top priority for every citizen. I am proud that the Commonwealth of Virginia will be an important player in strengthening homeland security through the great work being done here at Boeing Air Traffic Management.”

The Boeing Company, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest aerospace company in the world and is the United States' leading exporter. It is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft, and the largest NASA contractor. The company's capabilities in aerospace also include rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, rocket engines, launch vehicles, satellites, and advanced information and communication systems. The company – recognized for its capabilities in complex, large-scale systems engineering -- has extensive global reach with customers in 145 countries.

“Our goal was to find a location that was close to our hub of activity, with ready access to airports,” said John Hayhurst, Boeing Air Traffic Management president. “In terms of the facility, we needed one that would encourage teaming and fulfill our requirements for virtual connectivity with our co-workers and partners, and we found it here in Fairfax County, one of the nation’s premier high tech hubs.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority assisted The Boeing Company with its decision. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide workforce training services.

“We are excited to be an integral part of Boeing's plans,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Katherine K. Hanley. “When a company of Boeing's stature locates a major business unit operation here, it adds to our reputation as a business center and is a tremendous asset to the Fairfax County economy.”

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