Boeing looking at selling it's Wichita plant

Sunday, January 25th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

There's talk that Boeing is considering selling its plant in Wichita. That information comes from a "Seattle Times" report.

The reporter says he obtained an insider copy of a strategic planning document hinting at the sale. Wichita Boeing employs more than 12,000 people with an annual payroll of a billion dollars.

The report doesn't have a sale date or possible buyers. However, Boeing has said in the past, it wants to reduce its role in the business of making plane parts. Reaction to the report is sharp this morning.

SPEEA Mid-West Director, Bob Brewer: “So their overall strategy is from where we gather it is short-term profit without any regard for the employees in the community and that really gives us a concern.”

Boeing employee, Steve Titus: “I think it's un-American, I think its disgrace and I think they're just cowards.”

State officials say they don't think employees will have anything to worry about. They say jobs at the plant will stay in Wichita. And the facility will operate as a subcontractor to Boeing.