Boeing Says Wichita Defense Plant Could Close

November 21, 2011

Boeing said Monday it is studying the future of its Wichita, Kan., defense facility, and one option is closing it.

The military modifications plant, which employs about 2,100 people, is where Boeing has been expected to complete the installation of military systems on its future 767 refueling tankers after the jets are assembled in Everett.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas congressional delegation issued a joint statement Monday expressing concern about the company leaving the state.

"Boeing has promised publicly and repeatedly in writing that the success in winning the tanker contract would mean '7,500 jobs' in Kansas, including several hundred jobs at Boeing-Wichita for the Tanker Finishing Center," Brownback said 

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