Boeing delays decision on sale of Wichita plant

Friday, December 17th 2004, 2:48 pm
By: News On 6

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The Boeing Company told employees Friday it will not decide until early next year whether to sell its commercial airplane operations in Kansas and Oklahoma.

That message came in a brief e-mail to workers from Boeing Wichita general manager Jeff Turner and other top officials. In it, Boeing said it had planned to make a decision by the end of this year.

The e-mail says the process is very complex, though, and Boeing wants to be sure that all aspects of this decision are considered.

Boeing announced earlier this year it is considering selling commercial operations in Wichita and in Tulsa and McAlester, Oklahoma.

Boeing spokesman Dick Ziegler says the company is going to take a sufficient amount of time to reach the right decision. He says Boeing is not on a deadline.