Aviation Outsourcing

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On Friday, several us lawmakers from the House Aviation Subcommittee toured aircraft plants to see firsthand how the depressed aircraft industry is affecting people in Wichita. One of the plane makers they visited is poised to send hundreds of jobs out of the country.

KAKE News has obtained plans showing that Raytheon Aircraft is considering outsourcing its electrical harness work to Mexico. The two companies that are being considered are Aerotech and Suntron.

The thought of more Wichita jobs heading south of the border concerns the congressmen who are looking for solutions. Representative Todd Tiahrt says, "We're very concerned about any job. Even if one job leaves Kansas, we're very concerned about that." Representative Jerry Moran says, "The last thing we want to see is any additional jobs moved to Mexico or any other country."

Raytheon's communications director says the company hasn't made any final decision on sending the work to Mexico. She says the company is still investigating the plan and is not ready to comment.

According to the time line given in the plan, the decision is to be made this month and the transition would start this year.


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