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Boeing: Workers respond to relocation offers

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 8:40 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.

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The majority of Boeing Wichita employees who received offers to relocate have responded, company officials said Tuesday.

The deadline was Friday, although some who received offers a little later have more time to respond.

“We’re sorting through the responses,” said Boeing spokesman Forrest Gossett. “So far, the response is going fairly well.”

Some accepted the offers; others did not, he said.

In January, Boeing officials announced that the Wichita facility would close by the end of 2013 because of high overhead costs, existing programs winding down and little prospect of new work to replace it.

Engineering and program management work done in Wichita will move to Oklahoma City, while most of the maintenance work will move to San Antonio. Tanker work slated for Wichita will now be done in the Puget Sound area of Washington state.

The company employs more than 2,100 in Wichita.

Gossett declined to give specific details of the offers, or when a second round of offers may go out. But there is a likelihood that the company will make additional offers

“This is a fluid process,” Gossett said.

“We’re reviewing the responses and the requirements,” he said.

Roughly 330 of the 550 engineers at Boeing Wichita were offered jobs to move with the company, said Bob Brewer, Midwest director of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, the union representing the engineers.

Most were for the Oklahoma City site, although several engineers were offered jobs in Seattle, and a handful were offered positions in San Antonio, Brewer said.

He expects to receive more details, such as how many accepted, in a meeting with the company today.

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