If you follow Dominic Gates in The Seattle Times, you'll know that his unidentified and highly placed Boeing sources have stated the Master Plan was to be out of Puget Sound in 20 years. Covid-19 has simply accelerated it's implementation. Boeing has zero loyalty to the region or employees, unless, of course, you're highly placed in management.
Boeing also doesn't really care about quality or safety very much, which is surprising given the MAX and numerous QC issues on several models. Sure, you can hire and train workers in the South or Mid-South to make airplanes, but aircraft aren't the same as BMWs, Nissans, or Mercedes, all of which are produced in that region now. Aircraft are several steps above, but Boeing doesn't seem to think that way any more. You can just screw (or glue a Lego Liner) an airplane together and everything is fine, until its isn't, and one augers in because it wasn't built right.
GE Dave and the board don't care. It's all about the money. We get all of the feel-good corporate BS about a commitment to quality and safety, and then they take the steps that ensure neither is really a priority. The shareholders are all that really matter. Dead passengers are just a cost of doing business, and Boeing figures they can PR their way out of future problems.
One other thing. It's clear that many of the people who post here are either really dumb, or don't actually work at Boeing. No, you can't "bump" a worker in SC because they aren't union. You should probably already know that BTW. Some of the other posts indicate either a lack of education and/or critical thinking skills.
So, Boeing is going, sooner than later, and GE Dave is willing to toss all of us under the bus along with the well-established supply chain here in Washington State. They'll probably sell the Renton and Frederickson sites and move a 737 line to Everett, along with a lot of other short-sighted decisions that will end poorly.
The entire house of cards comes down the second an SC-built 787 hits the ground and the NTSB and FAA are are able to pinpoint a factory error.