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Boeing And Wichita Plant Face Defense Cuts

01/04/2021 05:07 PM ET

Boeing And Wichita Plant - A victim of cuts in defense spending the Boeing plant in Wichita Kansas, that has been building aircraft since 1929, will close its doors by the end of 2013.

More then 2,100 workers will be affected when the Wichita plant begins to make layoffs later in the year.

The plant is being effected by government programs in defense and space that are coming to a close which Boeing maintained the plant for with no new contracts to fill.

“The site does not have enough sustainable business on the horizon to create an affordable cost structure to maintain and win new business,” Boeing said in a statement. 

Boeing also announced that any left over work such as maintenance or modifications will be done at its San Antonio plant.

The aerospace company has promised its Wichita employees help in finding other work, albeit transferring to another site or with another company along with finical counseling and retirement seminars.

The Chicago based Boeing company is one of the largest global aircraft builders by revenue, orders and deliveries. Boeing is ranked third in the world for defense related revenue.

Including the 2,100 plus employees at the Wichita plant, Boeing employees around 164,500 people, with almost half its employees working in Washington State.

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