Mixed Emotions From Kansas Suppliers

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Suppliers like McGinty Machine Company have had a working relationship with Boeing since they started in 1948.

Owner Don McGinty said the announcement means that suppliers like him will have to work harder to bid for jobs.

"We're going to have to have a better reason for them to come to us because we're no longer in the backyard. So, they'll have to have a good reason to come down to Wichita, to give us the work," said McGinty.

McGinty said that other suppliers agree with his feelings.

"They say it's going to affect their business, in the sense that it's going to be tougher to get work. You know, seattle doesn't like to let go of their work," said McGinty.

In the Boeing statement, it said the company spent more than $3.2 billion with approximately 475 Kansas suppliers in 2011.

"Based on Boeing Commercial Airplanes growth projections for the new few years, boeing anticipates even more growth for suppliers in Kansas."

Even though work on the KC-46 tanker will be performed in Puget Sound, Washington, the 24 Kansas suppliers on the program will be providing elements of the aircraft as originally planned," said Mark Bass, Boeing vice president.

McGinty said the news did hurt the community but he is still optimistic of the aviation industry as a whole.

"I don't think anybody should panic or get nervous, or anything like that, because aviation is coming back. The commercial aviation is coming back, companies are growing, companies are hiring. In fact, we're even having a hard time finding people," said McGinty.

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