A press release from Congressman Don Manzullo:
Manzullo Hails Boeing Victory on Air Refueling Tanker Contract
Northern IL manufacturers already huge suppliers to Boeing, could benefit from contract
[WASHINGTON] Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) issued the following statement tonight after the U.S. Air Force announced Chicago-based Boeing has won its competition with Europe’s Airbus to design and build the next generation air refueling tanker:
“We have spent the last several years trying to convince the Air Force that Chicago-based Boeing deserves to build the next generation air refueling tanker, and we are ecstatic with the decision today to award the contract to the American manufacturer.
“This is a huge victory for American workers as well as the dozens of manufacturers in northern Illinois who supply nearly $180 million in products and services annually to Boeing. We have always worked closely with Boeing in helping them identify local manufacturing partners, and we will continue to seek job-creating contracts for northern Illinois manufacturers as Boeing ramps up to build the new tanker.”