SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Boeing Co. leaders have reached out to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert about the state's interest in bringing the production line of 777X airplanes to the state.

Michael Sullivan, a spokesman for the Governor's Office of Economic Development, says Herbert received the call Thursday afternoon and has begun preliminary discussions with Boeing leaders.

Boeing is considering moving the development of its popular new 777X airplane out of Washington after machinists there rejected a long-term contract. Utah is among the states they are considering.

Boeing has had operations in Utah for 25 years, and is getting close to opening a new 850,000 square foot factory in a Salt Lake City suburb. The company employs 575 people and is expecting to hire 100 more at the new West Jordan factory.