Boeing Cutting 225 Jobs in Wichita

June 15, 2011
Company official said the cuts are needed to 'reduce costs and improve productivity.'

Boeing Co. yesterday said it will cut approximately 225 jobs at its maintenance, modifications and upgrades facility in Wichita, Kan.

The facility, which is operated by Boeing Defense, Space & Security, specializes in modifying commercial derivative aircraft for military or government operations.

The reductions are a result of some Wichita programs coming to an end and other adjustments in aircraft-maintenance cycles, Boeing noted in a news release.

"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 this year through layoffs, normal attrition and placements elsewhere within the company.

Boeing said it will send the first notices to approximately 60 people on June 17.

Boeing human resources professionals will help displaced workers with resume writing, interviewing and other job-hunting assistance, the company said.

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