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Boeing moving defense headquarters from St. Louis to Washington

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In this Jan. 25, 2011 file photo, the Boeing Company logo on the property in El Segundo, Calif. Boeing Co.  (Credit: AP Photo / Reed Saxon, File) In this Jan. 25, 2011 file photo, the Boeing Company logo on the property in El Segundo, Calif. Boeing Co. (Credit: AP Photo / Reed Saxon, File)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Boeing plans to move its defense headquarters to a new Washington, D.C. office.

According to Forbes, the second-biggest military contractor told Pentagon officials on Tuesday that it would move the St. Louis-based unit to consolidate local operations for defense and commercial units to a single facility.

Boeing issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

“Defense, Space & Security headquarters will relocate to Arlington, Va., effective Jan. 3, 2017. A Washington-area headquarters will put BDS leadership closer to customers and other key decision makers, allowing for a greater focus on BDS-wide growth strategies. The move will result in a small number of BDS senior leaders moving to Boeing’s existing facility near the Pentagon, with approximately 50 staff support positions relocating there over time.”

Boeing officials said the company's commitment to the St. Louis region will remain strong. They also said St. Louis will remain the home to production of F-15, F/A-18 fighter jets, advanced weapon systems,new product development, and composite components for the new 777X commercial airplane.

Governor Jay Nixon echoed those statements.

"This is the largest manufacturer in our state, they're not moving a single manufacturing job. 'We're selling more F-18 and F-15's around the world, also that commercial site the 777x sales are going up, so we've had 1250 new employees and the fact that some of these executives will go because they've got to deal with congress and gotta deal with the defense department up close, that's not really surprising or unexpected," Nixon said.

The move will allow Boeing to join other top-tier military suppliers who are headquartered near the nation’s capital.

"We never like to lose high paying jobs, of course, but its understandable their reasoning," said Sheila Sweeny of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

Joe Reagan, President of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, said that having these jobs move to Washington will only help St. Louis.

"In order for Boeing to be successful, they have to have their CEO there, and if Boeing is successful, St. Louis is successful," Reagan said.

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