Boeing Commercial Airplanes President Scott Carson says the top two challenges for the company in the Puget Sound area are labor stability...

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes President Scott Carson says the top two challenges for the company in the Puget Sound area are labor stability and a supply of engineers.

Speaking today at a civic luncheon in Seattle, Carson said the region has improved its business climate in a number of respects. However as a global company, Boeing faces increasing competition and financial pressure.

Carson says he’s delighted by the end of the eight-week Machinists union strike, but didn’t refer directly to the ongoing talks with the union for engineers.

Carson also says he’s concerned about a shortage of engineers and the status of aerospace engineering at state universities.