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Boeing Corp., the American aerospace and defence company, will shutter its Wichita, Kansas, assembly plant by 2013, impacting 2,160 jobs.The Wichita plant currently produces the company’s B-52 and 767 based tankers, including the KC-46 tanker. Maintenance and support work previously done in Kansas will be shifted to a line in San Antonio, Texas. Engineering will be consolidated to a plant in Oklahoma City, while work on the KC-46 tanker will go to Puget Sound, Washington.
The KC-46 program was recently awarded to Boeing as part of the U.S. Air Force’s procurement for new jets. The first flight is scheduled for 2015, though a changed plant could jeopardize that.
“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,” says Mark Bass, vice president and general manager for BDS’ Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades division.
Boeing has been trying to reduce costs as it ramps up 747-8 and 787 production.
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