Boeing To Shut Down Wichita Plant

WICHITA, Kan. (AP/CBS Seattle) — The Boeing Co., for decades the brand that helped support Wichita’s claim as the aviation capital of the world, announced Wednesday it will shut down facilities in the city by the end of 2013 and send work to plants in three other states as it deals with defense spending cutbacks.

The Associated Press reports that the closure will cost 2,160 workers their jobs and end the firm’s presence in an area where it has been a major employer for generations, but Boeing tells CBS Seattle that the number is incorrect.

“We don’t know how many layoffs we will have right now,” Boeing spokesman Forrest Gossett told CBS Seattle, adding that employees at the Wichita plant will be offered jobs to the relocated sites at Oklahoma City or San Antonio.

The decision was not a surprise because Boeing said in November it was looking at closing the Wichita plant. But it still drew an angry response from Kansas lawmakers who helped Boeing land a lucrative Air Force refueling tanker project in February and had expected thousands of jobs to come to Wichita with it. Instead, the tanker work will go to Boeing’s facilities near Seattle.

“Boeing’s announcement is that things have changed,” U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran said. “Well, the only thing that really has changed in my mind in the last year is Boeing now has the contract. When they made the commitments, they didn’t.”

Mark Bass, a Boeing vice president, said the market for defense work has changed dramatically in the past 18 months and the Wichita facility wasn’t competitive because of its size and high labor costs. The site includes 97 buildings with 2 million square feet.

Bass declined to say how much the company expected to save by moving the work elsewhere.

Wichita had hoped the number of jobs at the facility would grow after Boeing won the contract worth at least $35 billion to build 179 Air Force refueling tankers. Modification work on the planes was expected to generate 7,500 direct and indirect jobs with an overall economic impact of nearly $390 million.

Boeing said 24 Kansas-based suppliers for the refueling tanker project will still provide parts as planned.

The first layoffs in Wichita are expected in the second half of 2012. While the Seattle area will build the tankers and handle their modifications, engineering work will move to Oklahoma City and future aircraft maintenance, modification and support will go to San Antonio, Texas.

The three states combined could pick up as many as 1,400 jobs, with Oklahoma City gaining 800 and San Antonio getting 300 to 400. The Seattle area will add 200 tanker construction jobs but about 100 support positions from there will move to Oklahoma City in the shuffle, Bass said. Wichita workers will be allowed to apply for jobs in the other locations.

Boeing said it will continue to have a significant impact on the Kansas economy and its aerospace industry. The Chicago-based company spent more than $3.2 billion with 475 Kansas suppliers last year. Kansas is the fourth largest state in its supplier network.

But that wasn’t enough for lawmakers like U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, who said Boeing had promised as recently as February to remain in Wichita if it received the tanker contract. Roberts and others urged the company to reconsider.

Moran called Boeing’s move “a blow to our mental health as well as our pocketbooks.” Kansas officials are still willing to do what it takes to keep the Boeing plant open, but “it’s difficult to negotiate with someone who hasn’t kept their word,” he said.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback promised Kansas will pursue opportunities in commercial aircraft manufacturing. Aircraft makers like Cessna Aircraft Co., Hawker Beechcraft and Bombardier still have plants in Wichita, which Brownback said remains “the best place in the world to build airplanes.”

Kansas Democratic Party chair Joan Wagnon said the decision shows that throwing money at wealthy corporations doesn’t guarantee loyalty or longevity.

“Despite all the economic incentives and tax breaks, of which there were many, and despite the loyalty of Boeing’s workers and its long history in Kansas, Boeing turned its back on a community and a state that supported the corporation generously through tough times,” Wagnon said.

But the news was welcomed elsewhere.

“The decision of the Boeing Company to move tanker work to Washington is bitter-sweet,” said Everett Mayor Ray Stephenson, noting Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer’s support for an American-made tanker. “I was grateful for his support and am saddened for the workers and families in Wichita. That said, Everett stands ready to support additional aerospace work in the Puget Sound region.”

Brewer, who once worked for Boeing, said the disappointment in Boeing’s decision to abandon its 80-year relationship with Wichita and Kansas “will not diminish anytime soon.” The city, county and state have invested too many taxpayer dollars in Boeing to take the announcement lightly, he said.

Boeing has had a facility in Wichita since it bought the Stearman Aircraft Co. in 1929.

Employment at the plant peaked during World War II, when its 40,000 workers included President Barack Obama’s grandmother Madelyn Dunham, who worked the night shift as a supervisor on the B-29 bomber assembly line.

The company remained Wichita’s largest employer for decades after the war.

It still had about 15,000 workers in the city in 2005, when it spun off its commercial aircraft operations in Kansas and Oklahoma. After the divestiture, Boeing kept 4,500 workers for its defense work in Wichita but layoffs have since slashed that number.

Spirit AeroSystems, which took over Boeing’s commercial aircraft operations, still makes parts for Boeing in Wichita.

Jeremy Hill, director of Wichita State University’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research, said most Boeing workers are likely to stay in the area and find other jobs. But the company’s departure is a psychological blow.

“It was something that was very important to people here, something they recognized, something they would tell other people when they came and visited,” Hill said. “Boeing has that name that’s household and recognized, and it had a value to people when they promote the area.”

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  • Steve In Tulsa

    The amazing thing is after the way the NLRB treated them that Boeing doesn’t leave teh country altogether

    • Rigoman33

      I think Boeing should have cancelled work in the states that are pushing for these cutbacks. I’m thinking the Boeing plants in Washington should be shuddered as well as bases in NY and any in the Illinois. The Dems want to lead by example in this cutting process, they should start with cutting military facilities in their own states.

  • Chris of Wichita

    I’m here in Everett, along with about 200 others, from Wichita to help out with the -8 production. This closure has been in the works since MD bought out Boeing.

    I’d also like to thank the absolute worthless I. A. M. for help in keeping the Wichita facility open!!

    If you’re dealing with Boeing make sure you get it in writing!! Let this be a lesson to all.

    • anne mcgregor

      I was especially ashamed of Rep. Tiahrt and Sen. Roberts, and Sen. then Rep. Moran who all demanded that the USAF renege on a deal with Airbus to save these Kansas jobs. So now where do these jobs go? Out west and outsourced. Now how are we ever going to get any foreign aircraft company like Airbus to ever waste the millions of dollars it takes to bid. We also needed these refuelers over ten years ago. These airplanes are about 50 years old.
      Kansas’ congresspeople need to apologize to the nation, to Airbus, and particularly to Kansans and then resign for their role in this debacle that only creates more danger for our Air Force as all jets refuel next to these old planes.

    • LBR

      Ask Boeing about the Super Plant that they are designing right NOW to be built in China…. Why do you think they rolled over and gave in to the unions. Read all about US Steel back in the early 80s and how all those jobs just went up in smoke.

      • John Galt

        and how the union set fire to those jobs, which is WHY they went up in smoke

    • robinhunter

      I suspect that the IAM has been effective in Wichita and that’s why Boeing is pulling out of there. It’s the largest savings for Boeing and the company knows from experience that workers at the Wichita plant do stand up for themselves. Want to blame someone, start at the top of Boeing and work your way down.

      You are right about getting it written down. It’s just one more example of Boeing not caring in the less for its workers.

      • jgalt

        Exactly – the union has been effective, therefore it is no longer viable to maintain an operation there. You can thank the union for this closure.

      • Ruthie 3

        “Kansas Democratic Party chair Joan Wagnon said the decision shows that throwing money at wealthy corporations doesn’t guarantee loyalty or longevity.” From article above

        Perhaps if we had the Solyndra $ back (thank you, obummer), the Volt $ back, the defense cutbacks would be less and ergo, Boeing wouldn’t have to have cut back as much. Maybe if we had more jobs — pipeline from Canada–the tax base would grow…oh, right, thank you obummer, we don’t have the pipeline!

      • Ruthie3

        Oh yeah, forgot to add: Read somewhere that Volt will now be mfg. in CHINA! Because they have the REE’s needed for the battery. Our EPA won’t let us mine those REE’s in USA. Thank you, obummer AND EPA.

    • Ste

      It definitely sucks to see any place close up. The only thing that is kinda “nice” is the workers actually have plenty of notice so they can make preps now.
      In theses times, this stuff happens all the time

      • Rick O'Shea

        The dems playbook. Take from the productive and give to those sitting on their ass.

    • Tadpole

      In writing WITH enormous liquidated damages clauses for not keeping their word.

      • Legal Expert

        You cannot have an “enormous liquidated damages clause”. Generally, liquidated damages clauses must be reasonable at the time the contract is entered. They cannot amount to a penalty clause.

    • j

      Boeing bought out MD

      • greyhound

        evidently you do not work at Mcboeing.

      • Chris of Wichita

        Sorry!! Other way around!!

      • Robert

        Boeing did in fact buy out MD. Why do you think it’s still called ‘Boeing’? Try to buy MD stock. You can’t because it doesn’t exist. But you can buy the best. Buy Boeing.

  • blorjr

    obama economy at work.

    • Smitty77

      Just how is this Obama’a fault? The only way he could save these jobs is to keep on invading countries aro nd the world and that seems to be very costly. Do you Obama haters have any suggestions to help the situation. I doubt if the GOP prayers will do much no matter who wins!

      • John Galt

        NO sorry, no solutions at this point. We Obama haters just hope that he dies and takes all of his commie friends with him. Won’t fix anything as it is already broken beyond all repair, but it would make us feel better, and ask any liberal – feelings are more important than anything.

      • Condor

        If nothing else, if we had revenue coming into the Government we could support the cost of DOD. It is a proven fact that reducing taxes and regulations increases income to the Government. But Zero does not see tax policy as an instrument for funding Government activities. To Zero taxes are a weapon of social justice.

      • Rick

        Obama and the Democrats strategy was to prevent the supercommittee from agreeing to $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions thereby forcing $500 billion in defense budget cuts. The supercommittee failure was definitely the strategy of the Democrats aimed at reducing the size of our military. You will be hearing about a 10 – 15% reduction in military personnel as well. All of this adds up to a big hit on employment in the US. This President has been a complete disaster.

      • Jim in Houston

        Spot on!!

      • Jim in Houston

        I tried to reply with “Spot on!”, but it went to a stand alone comment for some reason.

      • Chris Allen

        Please explain why the Obama Administration has rejected the Hawker Beechcraft proposal to build an air force trainer. That was a Billion dollar contract. It is the vindictive Democrats attempt to punish right to work states and reward their Union Thug Supporters.

      • I P Standing

        Of course mr globalism,,,they can hire three communist chinese for every evil american worker,,person of walmart

      • Smitty is a moron

        How about not cut the space program? That would provide jobs for these workers. And you don’t need to invade counties just because you have the equipment. I’d rather be building “surplus” military equipment than overpaying government employees and expanding payments to the nonproductive class – Obama’s number one priorities.

        And your comment about GOP prayers just shows you are an anti-religious bigot. Tell me, Obama claims to pray. Do you make fun of him too? Or do you think he is lying about his belief in God?

      • JungleCogs

        You act like “Obama Haters” are bad words. What else would you say about a president who has brought this much destruction to the country he hates?

      • Scott Martin

        So you admit to the wound, AND rubbing salt in it? Good one.

        Are you stating that Obama is getting rid of jobs because he is black? Perhaps you are a racist making the point for us…

        How bout that?

      • hillcoguy

        Keep it up! I LUVVIT!
        Your pure racism on the rampage!! Bwahahahahahahahaha!!

      • retired military

        Only a liberal bigot brings up race in a conversation that has absolutely nothing to do with race. I would prefer Collin Powell to Obama and am still hoping that Condi Rice will run in the future. Race has nothing to do with incompetence and if there is one thing that Obama does well it is incompetence.

      • Richard_Iowa

        I’m a honkey and a cracker, or is that honkey or a cracker? Anyway, I was a strong supporter for Cain when he was running in the presidential primary. I would love to see Coni Rice run for office and at one time I was a supporter of Collin Powell when he was considering running for office. I also very much admire Justice Thomas. So, where am I missing it that I am a racial bigot? Maybe it is because I think that Eric Holder is bad for this country.

      • Bob Lippert

        what in the world does your comment have to do with the theme of the article—did you even read the article—

      • Richard_Iowa

        First of all I do not use vulgarity, so I wonder how you have devined all of this information. And, you leave no room for people to disagree with Obama without being haters and using profanity. While I do not hate Obama, he is a complete disaster. He is completely over his head, has no clue how to administer, and his policies are simply not working. About the only thing that he can do to justify the state of America that he has brought us to is to start campaigning that the Republicans are extremists and that this is all Bush’s fault. BTW – Obama moved into a historic column yesterday when the government released that data showing that the national debt is now 103% of our GDP. No other president has done that.

      • Scott Martin

        Smitty – spoken like a true Ron Paulian…but this IS Obamas fault as you see the jobs are going away from a conservative state and half of them to a union state.

        You are TRULY naive if you don’t think his fingers touched on this deal. Multi-state shifts in employment, especially with defense contracts touch the white house.

        He could have helped what now is a Billion $ loss for Wichita.

    • Fred

      I love BIG GOVERNMENT for defense of our country.
      I love BIG GOVERNMENT for enforcement of our laws.
      I have no use for BIG GOVERNMENT otherwise.
      This sounds like an improper shift of priorities to me.
      I know who is to blame.

      • oklahomabound

        – I love SMALL GOVERNMENT for defense since it is the number one Enumerated power in the Constitution for Government to protect the country and small limited government could provide that protection when it doesn’t have to be grown to regulate and tax the cr@p out of productive people in order to provide unConstitutional social programs for welfare leftist and illegals..
        – I do NOT need any government for police protection as it should be privitized rather than growing the Lefts Big Government. Also the police are minutes away when seconds count. And this coming from a former police officer who is a supporter of law enforcement. Quite frankly if all leftist were put behind bars we would hardly have any crime left to fight.
        – I have no use for Big GOVERNMENT otherwise…..looks like you got one right.

  • David Axelrod

    Yea…that Obama is focused like a laser on creating jobs, when he’s not golfing or on vacation.

    • Jim in Houston

      Oh, but he is creating 180,000 new jobs for teens. Of course they will all be unpaid.

    • Micha Elyi

      And like a laser, Obama has burned a hole right through job creation.

  • Midge Martien

    “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”
    – Albert Einstein


    • The Clintidote

      “… especially with a statist moron in the White House.”

    • Scott Martin

      “New” thinking and politicians…good luck with all that.

    • fizzycist

      Dilemma….first Einstein’s genius of course….but , second, and perhaps more important…Einstein really cared about the fate of Humanity….I would put very few in this category….certainly not Washington…

      • Archy Jones

        Albert was an oiutspoken advocate of socialism. Do some checking.

  • sb36695

    How’s that hope & change working for you?

  • Eric P Turner

    i bet you wont vote obama this time around will ya!

    • JungleCogs

      Yeah, they will; still drunk on Kool-Aid.

      • Jackie

        Dear Chuck,I love your web site. I note that there is a list of all atlecris up to 2007 then atlecris month by month after that. Do you have a ocmplete list of 2007-2009?Blessings in Christ,Rowland



  • Chris

    To Steve in Tulsa – Boeing has already left the country; look at how much work they ship overseas on pursuit of foreign orders, then wave the flag when they need political interference to get another Government contract; the politicians, IAM and Boeing deserve each other.

    • oklahomabound

      Sounds like a good business decision on Boeings part, why stay in a country that has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, has more suffacating regulations than any country in the world and has more government support for extrotionist unions than any other country in the world. If I owned/ran a large company I would move out of the US until all corporate taxes were elminated, regulations were limited and reasonable and even then I would only come back and set-up shop in Right To Work States.

      • Bill

        That’s fine if they want to move out of the country. Don’t claim to be an American company and then complain if the US Government gives it’s contracts to Airbus.

  • Pat

    Hope and change in action – go ahead vote for Obama again suckers.

  • Tina Ferrer

    I’d rather stick needles in my eyes Pat……

    • Jim in Houston

      I’d rather stick the in O’Blamer’s – well you know.

    • Jim in Houston

      I’d rather stick them in O’Blamer’s – well you know.

  • freecheese

    dem guyz down at da union hall aint gonna like dis

  • dbski4it

    With the Washington unions it will only be 20 – 30 years before planes are assembled in China. Nobody will blame Boeing.

    • Will
    • Arizona Redneck

      The Chinese are already building a 737 equivalent aircraft and Obama’s buddy Jeff Immelt who is the head of General Electric and Obama’s Jobs Council has all the contracts to supply GE state of the art avionics. Isn’t it nice to have a Democrat weasel in the White House so he work with GE to send Wichita jobs to China so the Chinese will lend Obama more money to spend us into oblivion.

  • Matt Phinish

    After the Kansas members of Congress and the City of Wichita worked hard to convince the government to give a critical national defense contract to Boeing instead of risking American military lives on a foreign country, Boeing does this.

    When are American cities going to wake up and work together when corporations make their demands? They get huge tax breaks, free land, etc. and then leave anyway. Corporations have no loyalty, no respect, no honor. Cities need to agree to not kowtow to them.

    • Condor

      Corporate managers have an ethical responsibility to give a return on investment to their shareholders. American companies are not work welfare organizations to provide jobs. Perhaps if we did not have the highest corporate tax rate in the world, onerous regulation and Government meddling, then companies would be able to employ Americans and still earn a profit.

      • Jim in Houston

        Well said!

    • freecheese

      matt: not once did you mention the union’s iron-fisted grip on this industry. By the tone of your note, you are a greedy union member. You gave yourself away.

      • Matt Phinish

        Nope, not a union member. Not a union fan. Don’t like ’em. I’m just grousing about the way corporations use extortion to get what they want. Just like those whiny major league ball teams – “Build us a new stadium or we’lll leave town”

    • Dave-o

      Waah. Sorry, don’t feel bad at all for all you soon-to-be-unemployed unionistas.

      Vote stupid, get Stupid.

      Ain’t HOPE and CHANGE great?

    • Blake S. Davis


    • CM

      Those tanker jobs should have gone to Mobile, AL and EADS. Boeing is an “American'” company about as much as Toyota is. So all the KS and WA politicians played dirty politics…and “won” the tanker contract. Well…reap what you sow.

    • Yirmin Snipe

      Why would you expect any cities to work together? Don’t you realize that the cities are competing against each other? Why would Seattle help Wichita? Seattle is more likely to try to stab Wichita in the back to get more jobs than help them. In the future if a state had any brain cells they would stop doing tax breaks for companies instead they would simply buy up controlling interest in a company that had lots of jobs, then install a management team that would move all the operations to their state and be done with it… would be much more likely to actually work out in the long term.

  • Tadpole

    Boeing, like any other company in America is free to move their business anywhere they like and I’m fine with that.

    What I struggle with is that several Kansas legislators worked like mad to get Boeing that tanker contract so there would be Kansas jobs – and Boeing just says thanks and see ya. I hope Boeing doesn’t ever expect any help in the near future.

    Also, the line that Wichita wages make doing the work here uncompetitive. To which I say “bullsnot”.

    One more thing – I could have sworn he said they were studying this for 18 months at the beginning of the news conference, then suddenly it changed to from Summer 2011 to December 30, 2011. Hmmmm… color me skeptical.

    • Lina Inverse

      I’m sure the issue is that Right to Work states like Kansas are now incredibly toxic; realistically does Boeing have any choice but to move the work to a union controlled state like Washington?

      • Leo

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  • CR

    More jobs coming to Texas……… they must be doing something right

    • Condor

      Right to work State.

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      • buzz

        So’s Kansas

    • Why people move to Texas

      The musicians are better and the women dance better there.

  • James Madison

    Hope and Change.

  • When unions win you lose

    Within 10 years there will be at least one major airplane manufacturer in east Asia – China or Korea, probably. Airbus will be a relic, Boeing will be losing market share.

  • Howard Hughes

    This is right on track with what Boeing said with their vision 2016 they adopted after the merger with McDonnell Douglas. They sad fact is we watched this movie before when Douglas merged with McDonnell. The McDonnell executive team decimated Douglas just like their doing Boeing. The only thing left of the DC commercial plant is a neon sign in Long Beach. Boeing did not even leave that much in Wichita.

  • Mojoron

    Everyone want the government to spend less. This is the result of decreasing spending on military projects. To blame Obama is short sided. To blame anyone is short sided. If you want the government to spend less, then you better be prepared for more closures of military projects…period.

    • Condor

      Short sighted. Short sided sounds like a cut of beef.

      I want the Government to spend what is necessary for defense, and cut research on Chinese prostitution, AIDS eduction in Africa, and tattoo eradication in California.

      • Ward Smith

        “AIDS eduction”

        I did not know we were educing AIDS to its full potential — in Africa of all places…

    • oklahomabound

      BS Mojoron (you should drop the “oj” from your name). The Constitution has Enumerated Powers that tell the Federal Government what their powers are and the number one power is defense of the country. Unfortunately commie leftist progressives run the ill-named democratic party, and there are even some in the republican party, and those people have brought us illegal unConstitutional social programs that have grown government and taxed producers (private citizens and businesses alike) in order to fund these massive unConstitutional programs. Those illegal social programs budgets make the Constitutional military budget look like a tiny tick on an elephants @ss. If we got rid of the unConstitutional social programs we would still be able to fund our military fully and all get huge tax breaks in the process. It would also help illegals self deport since without the freebies dangled by the left to attract them here for their votes they would leave. Oh and as a conservative I do support harsh punishments for companies who hire illegals, the claims the left makes that we want cheap labor for our “company buddies” is completely false on the citizen level, although true for some of our Reps in WA DC.

  • Richard

    What did you think, the union was going to let the jobs in Kansas stay there? When Boeing settled the dispute over the South Carolina plant, you don’t think shipping more jobs from a right to work state back to a union state weren’t part of the deal?
    This was a union payoff….notice a good portion of the jobs going to the Puget Sound facility. Instead of staying Kansas, or going to South Carolina.

    • Scott Martin

      Someone that knows the score.

    • oklahomabound

      You nailed it Richard!

  • Roy

    So what n ow you conservatives what to yell that government spending DOES create jobs and we should have more government spending?

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  • Gary-bg

    Wondering if these jobs will resurrect themselves in the ambiguous saved or created pile after this Administration reports on them come October 2012.After all it’s only 2,100 jobs and if not for the sterling vision of the democratic administration it would have easily been 5,000 so that is 2,900 jobs saved right. Beside once they start collecting unemployment the local economy will be booming according to Nancy Pelosi.

  • brodave

    Can anyone spell u-n-i-o-n?

    Boeing is moving its operations to the right-to-work State of Texas.

    Vote a straight GOP ticket in Nov 2012. We can fine-tune later.

    • USMC-NFO

      Kansas is a right to work state dummy.

      • Scott Martin

        WA is not a right to work state, Puget is also union.

        Texas is always a good idea…it also provides cover for BHO’s fingerprint.

  • former BMAC

    I was always amazed at those pro-union mechanics in Wichita, they were gun toting conservatives but still voted for the dhims every time. Somwehow they were convinced that mama IAM would take care of them and Mama IAM told them to vote democrat. I wonder if they have torn up their union cards yet.

    • Chris of Wichita

      I left the union in 79 and haven’t looked back! The IAM at Boeing Wichita has always been a load of socialist freeloaders! Just as they are here in Everett! GIMMIE! GIMMIE! GIMMIE! You know who you are and you know who I am! Kiss My A$$ I. A. M.!!

    • Scott Martin

      I have a gun-toting, union aviation mechanic next door and have worked the aviation industry (private) for ten years.

      They are nice people, but are voting for their own demise by voting Democratic and anti-business.

      But they believe the union will protect ’em. You see, the loyalty is gained in the ONE time the union helped instead of everyday that the COMPANY helped.

      The union yells “Breathe!” and claims credit for saving your life…

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