WICHITA, Kan., June 14, 2011 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced a reduction of approximately 225 jobs at Boeing Defense, Space & Security’s Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades (MM&U) facility in Wichita. The reductions are a result of some Wichita programs coming to an end and other adjustments in aircraft maintenance cycles.
“This reduction of positions is necessary to help our business reduce cost and improve productivity,” said Mark Bass, MM&U vice president and general manager. “Our goal is to remain affordable and competitive, and ensure future growth in the airplane modification business in Wichita.”
The reductions will take place through the remainder of this year through layoffs, normal attrition and placements elsewhere within the company. The first phase of notices will be sent to approximately 60 employees on June 17.
Boeing Human Resources professionals will help displaced workers with resume writing, interviewing, and other job-hunting assistance.
The Boeing Defense, Space & Security facility in Wichita specializes in modifying commercial derivative aircraft for military or government operations. Boeing Global Transport & Executive Systems (GTES) is headquartered in Wichita, with major operations in Oklahoma City and the Puget Sound area of Washington state. GTES supports all Boeing aircraft in the U.S. Air Force’s executive fleet, including C-32A and C-40B/C, as well as the National Command Authority’s E-4B and the U.S. Navy’s C-40A and E-6B. The facility also provides engineering and repairs for the B-52H, modification support for the International 767 program, and engineering for the KC-46 Tanker.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 65,000 employees worldwide.