Boeing will slash 1,100 jobs in US

By Associated Press
January 21, 2011

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LONG BEACH, Calif. — Dwindling domestic demand for C-17 cargo planes will force Boeing Co. to slash 1,100 jobs at its US plants, most of them in Long Beach where the aerospace giant has cut 13,000 jobs since the 1990s, the company said yesterday.

The 900 jobs in Long Beach and 200 jobs at plants in Mesa, Ariz., Macon, Ga., and St. Louis will be cut by the end of next year. The cuts include accountants, midlevel management, engineering, research and assembly line workers. Affected workers will receive 60-day notices beginning today, with layoffs staggered monthly through 2012.

Boeing said it will assist affected workers in trying to land positions elsewhere in the company.

The C-17 has been a military workhorse since production began in 1993. The Air Force has purchased 206 to date, with others owned by Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

India and Kuwait have placed orders for a combined 11 aircraft. If approved as expected in coming months, the deal with India’s Air Force should keep the Long Beach production line in operation through 2013.

In Long Beach, the Boeing workforce has dwindled from 20,000 employees in the 1990s to fewer than 7,000.