Boeing: Tanker Contract Would Bring Jobs To Michigan

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) -- Boeing Co. says it will bring about 450 new jobs and $25 million in annual economic impact to Michigan if it wins the Pentagon's contract to build a new fleet of aerial refueling jets.

The Chicago-based company said Tuesday components would come from Eaton Aerospace in Jackson and Grand Rapids, General Electric in Grand Rapids, Honeywell International in Boyne City, and LaSalle Electric Supply in Livonia.

The plane is based on the 767 passenger jet.

Boeing is competing with Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. for the lucrative Air Force contract to build 179 new planes. The jets are meant to replace the military's aging KC-135 refueling jets.

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