Boeing’s Chicago HQ a ‘ghost town’ as priorities shift

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      A new crop of top executives based mainly on the coasts are managing industrial and safety certification problems at its major divisions and the lingering fallout from the 737 MAX and coronavirus crises. At the same time, tax incentives heaped on Boeing by Chicago and Illinois run out at year-end. Sponsored by Advertising Partner Once the symbol of a new Boeing, the vision of a corporate epicenter rising above its constituent parts has fallen at odds with the imperative of recapturing engineering dominance and repairing relationships with customers and federal regulators.

      Chief Executive Dave Calhoun, for example, spent the beginning of the year at Boeing’s factory in South Carolina dealing with production-related defects that have hobbled the program, people familiar with the matter said.

      The headquarters – a 36-floor, $200 million riverfront skyscraper – sits at the crossroads of a cost-cutting campaign that has seen Boeing shed real estate, including its commercial airplane headquarters in Seattle. Several people close to the company say cost cuts and a more hands-on corporate culture have raised questions about Boeing’s long-term future in the city, and in turn the broad direction Boeing intends to take as it tries to regain its stride.

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      It should be a soothsayer’s call to predict their next move. Out of the Sea-Tac area to Chicago via corporate poaching, HQ-wise. Shifting of production from Sea-Tac to Nikki Haley country, via corporate poaching.

      Next stop, who knows?

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