The jobs moving to St. Louis County from Huntington Beach, Calif., are part of a consolidation of the company's Defense, Space & Security business headquartered in St. Louis, spokeswoman Sarah Reed told the Post-Dispatch.
"We will be bringing 500 positions to St. Louis," Reed said, adding the jobs are support positions, not production jobs. Chicago-based Boeing currently employs 14,500 in the St. Louis area.
Additionally, Boeing announced Tuesday that it's closing its El Paso, Texas, and Newington, Va., sites.
“In order to push ourselves farther and win more business, we need to make the most of our resources and talent,” Leanne Caret, president and CEO, Defense, Space & Security, said in a statement. “These steps will help us be a stronger partner for our customers worldwide.”
The consolidation is part of an effort to enhance efficiency and promote greater collaboration, the company said, adding that new facilities will not be added in the St. Louis area for the added jobs. "We won't be adding any infrastructure at this point," Reed said.
“Boeing’s decision to move more than 500 jobs to Missouri makes perfect sense—because the St. Louis region, and frankly our entire state, offer one of the most dedicated, innovative workforces in the country, and play a critical role on our nation’s defense," U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said in a statement. "These jobs will be a big win, for the company, for our economy, and for hundreds of Missourians, and I look forward to continuing to work with Boeing as it begins this exciting transition.”
Boeing Defence Australia, Boeing Defense Saudi Arabia, and Boeing Defence United Kingdom will be aligned and managed in a new global operations group led by David Pitchforth, who will continue as managing director of Boeing Defence UK, Boeing said.
(Lisa Brown - St. Louis Post-Dispatch)