Boeing Brushes Off Airbus' US Factory Despite Risks To Biz

Law360, New York (July 5, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT) -- The Boeing Co. says its defense business won't be affected when rival Airbus SAS builds a $600 million facility in Alabama, despite some experts' view that Boeing may have lost a long-term political advantage tied to its U.S. manufacturing, which earned the company congressional support during a recent $35 billion contract competition.

Before Boeing was awarded the $35 billion contract in 2011, Boeing and Airbus were locked in yearslong procurement battle over the right to build the U.S. Air Force's next in-air refueling tanker. The competition...
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