Sen. Jerry Moran sent a letter to Boeing chairman and CEO Jim McNerney about the troubling news that Boeing is considering whether to close the Wichita facility.
“For most of the past century, the Boeing name has been synonymous with our world’s Air Capital, Wichita,” Moran said in the letter.
The partnership between Boeing and the state has been evident over the past decade as the tanker battle waged in the halls of Congress and the Pentagon, he wrote.
“Standing by Boeing as one of their greatest allies in this fight were the people of Kansas,” he said.
In exchange, Boeing said it would bring jobs to the state, including finishing work on the new tankers.
“Today, the joy has turned to dismay as Kansans question whether Boeing will honor their commitments,” Moran wrote. “While I understand the pressures facing U.S. businesses during the past several years, I am deeply troubled by the notion that a promise made is not a promise kept.”
Moran asked McNerney to come to Wichita to work with state and local officials on fulfilling that commitment.
“I hope you will agree that the relationship between Boeing and Wichita’s talented workforce, unbeatable suppliers, and supportive community is worth preserving,” Moran said in the letter.
Boeing said last month that it is studying the future of the Wichita facility, and will make a decision by the end of this month or early next year.