Boeing has announced they will continue to store the 737 MAX planes that have been grounded at their Moses Lake Facility at the Port of Moses Lake. This will bring a few hundred new jobs to the Moses Lake area starting in the Fall of 2019.
Many of those jobs will be for the upkeep of the planes while they are awaiting an approved fix from the Federal Aviation Administration and delivery to the customer. “These jobs will have a big impact on our community in many areas.” Said Brant Mayo, Executive Director of the Grant County Economic Development Council. These jobs will spend money on groceries, housing and entertainment. All of these will boost the economy of Grant County.
The GCEDC has been working closely with the Port of Moses Lake to make sure there is a smooth transition for the new jobs that will come to the area. From working on housing, to making sure Boeing has the available infrastructure to making sure there is a pipeline of employees.
Big Bend Community College already has a great Aviation Maintenance Technology program to help train new employees. Which ultimately helps to recruit businesses to Grant County.
“Working with partners like the Port of Moses Lake and Big Bend Community College, makes our county more flexible to respond to the needs of our local companies,” said Mayo.
Boeing has been located at the Port of Moses Lake since Larson Airforce Base was decommissioned. Boeing bought 240 acres of ramp-space during that time, and since then, Boeing has done flight testing because of the long runway and flexible airspace in Moses Lake.