Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Plane maker Boeing announced that 225 Wichita workers will lose their jobs at the Defense, Space & Security’s Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades facility. The reductions are a result of some Wichita programs coming to an end and other adjustments in aircraft maintenance cycles.
“This reduction of positions is necessary to help our business reduce cost and improve productivity,” said Mark Bass, MM&U vice president and general manager. “Our goal is to remain affordable and competitive, and ensure future growth in the airplane modification business in Wichita.”
The reductions will take place through the remainder of this year through layoffs, normal attrition and placements elsewhere within the company. The first phase of notices will be sent to approximately 60 employees on June 17.
Boeing Human Resources professionals will help displaced workers with resume writing, interviewing, and other job-hunting assistance.
Boeing workers say the announcement comes as no surprise. "It's kind of what's been happening around the city," said one worker as he went into the south Wichita plant.
The company says it is lowering its costs to customers hoping to get more work so it doesn't have to lay off in the future.