Production of military plane built in St. Louis in jeopardy - KMOV.com

Production of military plane built in St. Louis in jeopardy

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(KMOV.com) – As Boeing announced that it completed a navy plane built in St. Louis, it isn’t sure the same plane will be built in the future.

Boeing unveiled the 100th Growler, Monday. The Growler is used to protect troops in the air and on the ground by interfering with the signal of radars and detonating devices. Boeing is waiting to see if Congress will approve the necessary funding for more Growlers. Production is currently set to end in 2016.

“I have obviously a personal concern about the jobs here at Boeing but I want my colleagues to understand that it goes far beyond that,” said Senator Claire McCaskill.

If Congress does not provide funding for the project to continue, some are concerned some St. Louis area suppliers for Boeing will suffer.

“The 22 growlers that Congress is deliberating on would be huge for the economy here locally because it doesn't just support Boeing it supports a lot of our suppliers,” said Boeing sheet metal worker Larry Kuriwcki.

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