Cantwell: Boeing Workers Will Build World's Best Tanker

EVERETT, WA - Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) spoke to the members of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) District 751 and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) about the competition to build the military's next-generation midair refueling tanker. "All along my belief has been that we have the best, most skilled workers right here in Washington," Cantwell said, who was joined by Reps Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Rick Larsen (D-WA). "You keep the world flying and protect our national security. If you are given a fair chance, you will win every time, and that's the bottom line we've been focused on in the other Washington." "The choice is clear," said Tom Wroblewski, President IAM District 751. "We have a capable and proven 767 workforce with decades of experience building a first class airplane. We are ready, willing and able to supply the Air Force with tankers immediately. The Boeing KC-767 is the right decision for America, our military, U.S. taxpayers, national security, our members, and the tens of thousands of other citizens who will benefit here in Washington State and across the nation." "We believe in the importance of an experienced engineering and technical workforce in Washington state and Kansas to design and build the next U.S. Air Force tanker," said SPEEA President Cynthia Cole. The Air Force will issue the final Request for Proposal (RFP) next week. The contract decision is expected to be made in late summer. Cantwell will maintain her push for a fair and transparent competition. ###