Boeing Co. (BA) plans to shutter defense operations in Wichita, Kansas, where it has built airplanes since 1929, as military projects dry up amid U.S. spending constraints, said a person familiar with the plan.
About 2,000 workers involved with military projects may lose their jobs, said the person, who asked not to be identified because details aren’t public. Work on the aerial-refueling tankers ordered in February will be moved to the planemaker’s wide-body jet factory in Washington state, the person said.
Boeing is gathering all its Wichita employees for a mandatory meeting at 10:30 a.m. local time today, Jarrod Bartlett, a company spokesman, said yesterday. He declined to disclose the subject of the meeting or comment further. Boeing said in November it would decide by early 2012 whether to close its Kansas facilities, including a military-aircraft plant.