New Reasons for Onshoring

June 7, 2011

Deep in the hearts of local economic development people everywhere is the hope that maybe, just maybe, jobs that have been outsourced to other countries will come back. It’s called “onshoring,” the idea that local companies who opened factories in other parts of the world will say, “this isn’t working…I’m going back to the old way of doing things.” Or rather, “I’m going back to the old place where I used to do things: the U.S.!”

But one of the newest reasons for this trend has nothing to do with our labor costs or quality issues. Rather, it’s the fact that workers here don’t get shot at.

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Blast from the Past…and Future?

March 21, 2011

We here at the Prosperity Blog are still cleaning up all the bottles from the tanker celebration, and yet it’s amazing that this is already our third post on the efforts that are getting underway to prepare our region to compete for the next major Boeing competition. Except, in this one, it won’t be us helping Boeing submit a bid, but rather us submitting a bid to Boeing…to be the location for the manufacture and assembly of the next generation 737.

How will we figure out our best strategy for securing that economic development prize? As someone once said, “You need to know where you’ve been so that you can figure out where you’re going.”

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Weekly FWSR: Snacks, Bosses & Competitors

March 17, 2011

Two weeks ago, we started a new feature at the Prosperity Blog: Fun With Search Referrers! And yes, I know, we start more features here than a first run movie theater, but what can we say. If it sounds like something that can help us fill blog content, we’ll take it! So, here’s the latest Fun with Search Referrers, featuring snacks, bosses, competitors and more.

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The Exact Opposite of the Global Supply Chain

March 11, 2011

Well, there’s been a lot of talk about how Boeing’s global supply chain for the 787 has or has not worked. And a lot of folks have been thinking that, in the future, Boeing probably won’t rely as much on shipping various parts from vendors around the world without any quality control until final assembly. But I have a feeling that not too many people thought that they’d go in the exact opposite direction!

Which is what seems to be under discussion.

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Watch Some of Our Region’s Elected Officials Celebrate the Boeing Tanker Contract

February 25, 2011

So, as I mentioned, we hosted Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell and Congressman Inslee in their press conference to celebrate the Air Force’s award of their aerial refueling tanker contract to the Boeing Company. And I thought that maybe y’all would like to watch that press conference.

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The Choice That Wasn’t Made

February 25, 2011

So, a funny thing happened when I was watching the live stream of the Pentagon Channel yesterday. I was watching a lovely story about military dentists providing cleanings to Korean children, when all of the sudden a press conference came on to announce the awarding of the Air Force aerial refueling tanker. Imagine my surprise!

Of course, I was actually watching the Pentagon Channel for the press conference (although I did see some fascinating things while I waited), and I did indeed jump up and down when I heard the announcement that Boeing had been awarded the contract. In fact, there is much jubilation and celebration across the region, as it’s clearly great news: 11,000 direct and indirect jobs, many of them current 767 machinists in Everett whose jobs would have been otherwise phased out. Regional leaders made statements, issued press releases and generally rejoiced.

But the most amazing thing to me is not just that Boeing won the contract, which most of us had given up hope for, but why they won it. It wasn’t for any of the reasons we thought.

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What Does a Full Replacement of the 737 Mean for our Region?

February 14, 2011

Last week, the news came out that Boeing is highly likely to develop an entirely new replacement for the 737, rather than re-engineer the existing one. And by highly likely, I quote:

Boeing Chairman and CEO James McNerney told analysts, “We’re going to do a new airplane.”

But what I couldn’t find much of in the newspapers was an analysis of what that means for our region. Is it good news, bad news or something in between? Well, as they say, “nature abhors a vacuum,” and the Prosperity Blog is nothing if not nature’s handmaiden (the “Prosperity Blog is Nature’s Handmaiden” t-shirts should be in next week. And so, here we are, ready to rush into the void to provide you the answers to all your questions on the topic.

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