More Than 2,000 Boeing Workers Face Unemployment Future

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WICHITA, Kan. — The Boeing Company, which employs more than 2,160 employees at its plant in Wichita announced Wednesday morning that it will close its plant there.

“The decision to close our Wichita facility was difficult but ultimately was based on a thorough study of the current and future market environment and our ability to remain competitive while meeting our customers’ needs with the best and most affordable solutions,” said Mark Bass, vice president and general manager for BDS’ Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades division. “We recognize how this will affect the lives of the highly skilled men and women who work here, so we will do everything possible to assist our employees, their families and our community through this difficult transition.”

In February, Boeing, which has been building airplanes in Wichita, Kan. since 1929, was supposed to begin building aerial-refueling tankers in Wichita, but this work will now be done at the plane maker’s wide-body jet factory in Washington state, according to a Bloomberg report.

Read more on Boeing in this Bloomberg report by clicking here.

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