Boeing: goodbye Chicago, hello Arlington

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( — Boeing will relocate its headquarters from Chicago, Illinois, to Arlington, Virginia, an area that is home to the Pentagon and is located near the US federal capital. The long-awaited move will bring one of the largest US defense contractors closer to the federal government. The aircraft manufacturer specified that it would establish its headquarters on a campus near Washington DC which already houses its defense and lobbying operations. Boeing also plans to establish a research and technology center that looks at issues such as cybersecurity, autonomy and quantum science – all areas of interest to the Pentagon. Boeing was based in Seattle for most of its history before moving to Chicago a few years after its merger with McDonnell Douglas in 1997.

Boeing did not specify how many jobs would be relocated or whether it would sell the building of its future former headquarters in Chicago, where most people do not work. The company simply said it intended to maintain “a meaningful presence” in the city, while acknowledging that “less office space will be required for employees who will continue to be based there.”

“We are excited to build on our foundation here in Northern Virginia. The region is strategic for our global headquarters given its proximity to our customers and stakeholders, and its access to world-class engineering and technical talent” said Boeing boss Dave Calhoun.


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