Gov. Norm Bangerter and Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, left for Seattle Wednesday morning for a daylong visit to the headquarters of Boeing Co., where they will try to sell the aerospace manufacturer on buying Utah parts for their planes.
The Utah leaders are scheduled to tour Boeing facilities in Seattle and Everett, Wash., and meet with several Boeing officials, including the company chairman and chief executive officer, Frank A. Shrontz.They will promote several Utah companies that manufacture gears, fasteners and other parts used to build aircraft. But Bangerter said they don't expect to discuss bringing any of the company's operations to Utah.
"That isn't the purpose of the trip," the governor said, adding that he does not believe Boeing is looking for new locations. However, Bangerter said the visit will "plant a seed that we have a lot to offer."
Garn, who has accompanied the governor on several of the state's almost monthly economic development trips around the country, said he will talk about the high skill level of Utah workers.
"It's logical to me that we control other aerospace companies and let others know we have a highly skilled work force," the senator said. "I like to fly airplanes built by skilled people."
Accompanying Bangerter and Garn on the trip is Stan Parrish, director of the state Department of Community and Economic Development. They flew in a Utah Power & Light plane donated for the trip.
Boeing, the nation's largest exporter in 1989, designs and manufactures commercial and military aircraft, missiles, helicopters, spare parts and related products.
The company is the largest commercial aircraft manufacturer in the world and has been an industry leader for more than three decades, since its 707 plane signaled the start of the jet age in 1958.