Chicago-based Boeing announced today that its new Global Services business unit will be headquartered in Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. 

This new location, which is expected to be operational in July, will house leadership team members and some support staff for approximately 20,000 employees located around the world.

The company said it selected the greater Dallas area because it’s centrally located within Boeing’s U.S. footprint, has good proximity to major operations for commercial customers and defense partners, and serves a transportation hub that can reach customers quickly and efficiently.

Global Services was announced last November by Boeing and will be formed by integrating services capabilities of the defense, space and commercial sectors into a single, customer-focused business unit.