Boeing "closing in on decision"

(September 9, 2003) - (Seattle-AP) -- A Boeing vice president says the company is closing in on decisions about its proposed new jet, including where it would be built. Oklahoma is one of more than 20 states bidding for the plant that would employ 12-hundred people. Tulsa County voters are to voting today on a tax increase that includes incentives to lure the jetliner plant to Oklahoma. Boeing's Mike Bair says he expects a decision by the end of the year on where the assembly plant will be built. He declined to givedetails of the ongoing search for a site. Bair says Boeing's board is expected to decide whether to offer the new 7-E-7 jet to airlines by early next year. He says interest from the airlines will help determine if the board fully commits to the project.