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Boeing Moving Jobs to California

July 25, 2013

Boeing is moving engineering jobs to Long Beach, Calif.  

Boeing is moving engineering jobs to Long Beach, Calif.


Boeing is moving more engineering work out of the Puget Sound region
to California.

Management told employees Thursday that after-market engineering work on
modifying jets for current customers and converting aging passenger jets to
freighters will move from Bellevue and Everett, Wash., to Long Beach, Calif.

About 375 engineers now do that work near Seattle.

Boeing spokesman Jim Condelles said it's not yet clear how many of them will be
affected.

"Some jobs will go away," said Condelles. "It's not to say all those jobs will
move."

Boeing engineering chief Mike Delaney in May announced the company would
establish new engineering centers in southern California and South Carolina.

Delaney announced at that time that a separate set of engineering work _
modifying out-of-production airplanes such as older 737s and 757s _ would move
from Tukwila to Long Beach, affecting as many as 300 jobs.

Condelles said the new move involves a separate group of engineers who work on
modifications such as aircraft performance upgrades or interior re-finishing as
well as passenger jet-to-freighter conversions.

Delaney, in his May message, said that "we expect the Southern California and
South Carolina design centers to grow over time" and that "we are presently
studying other potential work packages" for those centers.

The Bellevue and Everett engineering group was the target of one of those
studies.

In an internal message Thursday, Tim Copes, vice president of Fleet Services,
told employees, "We have now completed that study and have decided to place the
majority of the Modifications and Freighter Conversions engineering statement of
work in Long Beach starting in the second half of 2013."

Copes said the engineering unit "will gradually shift its operations to Southern
California over the next 18 months."

Boeing currently has about 2,000 after-market airline-support engineers in
Tukwila, 500 more in Everett and 500 in Long Beach.

Copes's note said he'll hold all-employee meetings in Bellevue on Monday to
discuss the company's action.


Source: (c)2013 The Seattle Times Distributed by MCT Information Services

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