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Boeing plans new manufacturing site at MidAmerica

By Associated Press

Mascoutah, IL – Boeing Co. says it plans to open a manufacturing facility at the long-struggling MidAmerica Airport in southwestern Illinois.

Boeing says that it will lease space at MidAmerica for assembly work and that the facility will initially employ 75 people. Officials at a ceremony at the airport suggested there would be more.

This will be Boeing's first manufacturing facility in Illinois. The company has 16,000 employees in nearby St. Louis.

The airport near Mascoutah has struggled to attract and keep businesses and air carriers. It also has never turned a profit.

The airport has focused on cargo traffic since losing its last passenger flights in 2008.