Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, released the statement below, following the machinist’s vote last night that will ensure the 777X and its carbon fiber wings will be built in Washington State:

“On Friday night, some 32,000 machinist’s made a very difficult decision about not only their own economic future, but the economic future of their families, their communities and their state.

“The men and women of the International Association of Machinists District 751 ensured that Washington’s long tradition of aerospace innovation will continue and that thousands of direct and indirect family-wage jobs will remain and be created in our state for years to come.

“This is a positive outcome for our state, but the truth is that this was a very close vote and every machinist – whether they voted yes or no – made an extremely difficult decision and an enormous sacrifice for the greater good of Washington.

“We owe them a debt of gratitude for putting the best interests of our state ahead of their own. That’s a lesson from which we can all learn.”