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Pentagon contract announcement Thursday

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama is waiting with baited breath tonight for a huge economic announcement.

It's been years in the making and tomorrow we'll learn once and for all whether our state will build refueling tankers for the Air Force.

If Alabama is chosen, EADS, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, will build a massive plant near Mobile.

 The plant would build gigantic tankers which allow the military to refuel its jets in mid-air.

EADS is competing with Boeing for the contract, which at one time appeared to be the front runner, but now it appears Alabama is back on top.

"It's the right thing for the military because this aircraft made in Mobile by fine Mobile workers will be the finest aircraft of its kind in the world," Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions stated.

The plant would employ 3,000 people and thousands more during the construction process.

The Pentagon is scheduled to make the announcement during a news conference tomorrow around 3:45.

For live coverage, tune to WSFA 12 News.

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