Boeing Co. says it may rely more on engineers at less-expensive sites outside its Seattle jet-manufacturing hub unless it wins competitive labor costs in union contract talks.
While the planemaker is keeping a renewed focus on engineering supported by Jim Albaugh, the former commercial planes chief who pushed to empower the group after delays on the 787 Dreamliner, the core doesn't have to be in Puget Sound, Mike Delaney, the company's chief engineer, said Wednesday.
"Seattle is a love-hate relationship for me," he said. "I love pumping all the money into my team, but now we're in the same place as Southern California and the Washington, D.C., area in terms of cost to do engineering. Those are the three most expensive places in the country to do engineering."