Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Boeing to move B-1 and C-130 programs from Long Beach to Oklahoma City

Boeing has announced that about 800 jobs will leave Long Beach beginning in 2011, as the aerospace giant will move both the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) and B-1 Program to Oklahoma City.

About 550 of those 800 positions will be moved to Oklahoma City. The rest will be "reduced," according to a Boeing press release. Company managers are now deciding which employees will be offered relocation.

"Making a decision like this is never easy, but as we reviewed our anticipated operating costs for the next several years, it became clear that Boeing needs to take major actions on these programs in order to remain affordable for our customers," said Mark Bass, Vice President and General Manager of the Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades (MMU) division of the Global Services & Support unit.

"We remain committed to maintaining the excellent record of performance that our employees deliver for our U.S. Air Force B-1 and C-130 AMP customers during this transition."

Both programs perform highly specialized work exclusively on the C-130 and B-1 Bomber aircraft. The C-130 AMP program reduces operating costs, targets obsolescence and thereby allows for future growth and development. The other program modernizes the B-1 Lancer bomber aircraft to enhance its munitions capability.


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