Boeing to Close Two Plants, Consolidate Some U.S. Facilities

November 15, 2016

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Boeing to Close Two Plants, Consolidate Some U.S. Facilities
Boeing plans on cutting facilities space by 4.5 million sq. ft. by 2020. Image courtesy of Boeing

As part of efforts to consolidate operations at its Defense, Space & Security facilities in the United States, Boeing announced Tuesday that the aerospace company is working to cut its facilities space by 4.5 million sq. ft. by 2020.

“In order to push ourselves farther and win more business, we need to make the most of resources and talent,” a statement by Leanne Caret, president of the company’s Defense, Space & Security business, said. “These steps will help us to be a stronger partner for our customers worldwide.”

Boeing is moving positions from its Huntington Beach, CA facility to three sites – Long Beach, El Segundo, and Seal Beach – in California, Huntsville, AL, and St. Louis, MO. Some positions at Boeing’s Kent, WA facility will be transferred to another site at Tukwila. Los Angeles county will gain about 1500 positions, St. Louis will take on about 500 workers, and Huntsville will gain about 400 employees, according to Boeing.

With the announcement of the consolidations, the aerospace company also said that it will close sites in El Paso, TX and Newington, VA. 

"Making better use of our facilities will enhance efficiency and promote grater collaboration," said Caret. "This will help drive our global growth in Boeing's second century."

Boeing Defense Australia, Boeing Defense Saudi Arabia, and Boeing Defense United Kingdom are set to be merged into a new global operations group. David Pitchforth, managing director of Boeing Defense UK, will lead the new group and continue in his present position. The three organizations will operate independently under Pitchforth's direciton.

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