Thursday, April 13, 2006

Boeing MRO unit in Nagpur to create 3,000 jobs

Mumbai: The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has zeroed in on Nagpur as the site for its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) base in Asia. An announcement is likely to be made by the month-end.
In mid-April, James McNerney Jr, chairman, Boeing, is expected to visit India to choose a site for the project, in which, the company may invest $100 million.
Besides Nagpur, Kochi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and even Gwalior had thrown their hats in the ring for the project.
But with the civil aviation minister Praful Patel as well as the Boeing vice-president Dinesh Keskar favouring Nagpur, it is most likely that the decision maybe in favour of the orange city.
Sources added that despite being approached by other states, the company has been negotiating with the Maharashtra government alone and the only site that they have visited is Nagpur.
Sources say that the Boeing MRO may create around 3,000 highly paid jobs in the immediate vicinity and generate another 30,000 jobs indirectly.
13/04/06 Makarand Gadgil/Rediff
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