Boeing to Move Headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia

By Kurt Stolz on 6 May 2022
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Boeing said that it will relocate  its headquarters, currently in Chicago, to Arlington, Virginia.

The move “makes strategic sense … given its proximity to our customers and stakeholders,” said Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun in a statement.

An Arlington location would place Boeing near federal government decision-makers in Washington, D.C.

The planemaker moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001 after an unusually public search that also considered Dallas and Denver.  Boeing has its roots in the Seattle area with assembly plants in Washington state as well as in South Carolina.

Chicago has seen a significant rise in crime and its downtown area, including the Magnificent Mile, has yet to recover from the pandemic.

“Boeing’s decision to leave Illinois is incredibly disappointing – every level of government in our state has worked to make Chicago and Illinois the perfect home for Boeing’s headquarters for the past 20 years,” said Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois in a statement Thursday. “We are working together to ensure Boeing leadership both understands how harmful this move will be and does everything possible to protect Illinois’s workers and jobs.”

Boeing isn’t the first aviation company to plan such a move.  Last December, United Airlines announced plans to relocate up to 1,300 employees in its Willis Tower headquarters to Arlington Heights, a nearby suburb of the Windy City.

Still, multiple major companies including McDonald’s, Motorola Solutions, Archer Daniels Midland, Aon, and Conagra Brands continue to maintain their headquarters in Chicago.

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