Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement today after the Boeing Company and the International Association of Machinists announced they intend to build the new 737 MAX in Renton, Wash.:

“I am pleased that Boeing and the International Association of Machinists have come to an agreement to build the new 737 MAX in Boeing’s Renton, Washington plant pending ratification of a labor agreement. Boeing’s intent to build Next-Generation 737s and the 737 MAXs in the Renton facility is great news for the Puget Sound Region.737 MAX production in Renton would guarantee employment for thousands of workers and provide a much needed boost to the local economy.

“I applaud the effort that Boeing and IAM have put into securing an early agreement to ensure the Puget Sound Region remains a leader in aerospace manufacturing.”