Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

N.M. Bids on Boeing Factory.(Final)

Byline: Diane Velasco Journal Staff Writer

Offer Relies On Mexico Ties

New Mexico sent in its offer Thursday for Boeing Co.'s factory for its new 7E7 "Dreamliner" jet, said Rick Homans, economic development secretary.

"They said we would have to overcome the fact we are not a seaport," Homans said. "There has to be some reason for them to take a second look at New Mexico, and our advantage could come from our relationship with Mexico."

The bid focuses on Dona Ana County -- specifically at Santa Teresa -- where it proposes a plant right on the border.

"If they come back and say (the bid) is interesting, we would look at which of the pieces might be in Mexico and which pieces may be in New Mexico," Homans said. …

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