Wash. To Gain, Lose Jobs In Boeing Moves

Boeing will move 200 jobs to its Everett, Wash. plant on the Wichita closure, but will also take 100 Washington jobs to Oklahoma City.

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Boeing Co. says it will move about 200 jobs to its Everett, Wash. factory as part of the decision to shut down facilities in Wichita, Kan., to deal with cuts in defense spending.

The jobs involve modifications to turn the 767 into an air refueling tanker. Boeing won a $35 billion Air Force contract for 179 of the tankers.

But as part of the moves announced Wednesday, Boeing will send about 100 support jobs, primarily engineering, from Washington to Oklahoma City.

Boeing has more than 80,000 workers in Washington, mostly at the 737 factory in Renton and the wide-body plant in Everett where the 747, 767, 777 and 787 are assembled.

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