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Bye-bye Boeing? Engineering work to shift away from Washington

boeing sc dreamlinerSEATTLE — Airline giant Boeing announced Friday the company will shift much of its current and future engineering projects out of Washington state, opting instead to focus more resources on engineering centers in South Carolina and California.

According to a statement Boeing released, Boeing Commercial Airplanes will establish a propulsion operation in South Carolina and a engineering help center in Long Beach, Calif. The transition away from the Puget Sound to other areas will take about six months.

Propolsion operation and engineering help for older model airplanes are currently based in the Puget Sound.

“During the next six to nine months, most out-of-production airplane support, including the 707, 727,737-100/-2–/-300/-400/-500 and 757 will move from Puget Sound to Long Beach,” the statement said.

Boeing is also exploring design centers in Kiev, Ukraine and Moscow, Russia.

More than 300 engineers who work out of a Tukwila center of operation will switch to California, the Seattle Times reported. Commercial jet propulsion work has typically centered in Seattle and Everett.

Boeing announced it would be “working closely” with those area workers to facilitate a move, but the Seattle Times predicted many would not make the transfer because of long-standing ties to the area.

According to the Times, Mike Delaney, Boeing’s vice president of engineering, warned that if an engineering union forced an expensive contract, Boeing would look toward other locations. Boeing engineers negotiated a new contract with the company in February.

“Slowly over time, if you become uncompetitive, you have to deal with the arbitrage and leverage other resources,” Delaney told the Times in October.

The Long Beach and South Carolina sites are nonunion, the Times reported.

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8 Comments to “Bye-bye Boeing? Engineering work to shift away from Washington”

    meschief said:
    May 31, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Thank You Patty Murray

    Cool Jack said:
    May 31, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Boeings paln for many years with Post it note guy at the helm.

    20 years and Boeing will be but a memory in Washington.

    guest said:
    May 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    how's that union working for you now??

    Guest said:
    May 31, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Boeing workers and their unions are like welfare recipients.
    They demand more benefits and get more.
    After they get more they think they deserve more and demand more again, never appreciating all that they have.
    Learn to say no thanks I have plenty I'll stay with what I have.
    Instead of "Hit Me" because eventually the house wins and you are forced to lose it all.
    I for one, am glad to see Boeing heading for the door I've grown tired of the strike dance at Boeing. Goodbye Lazy B.

      Esco said:
      May 31, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Companies don't want to pay like they used too. With all the foreign workforces available it would be foolish to put unneeded pressure on large corporations like this. As a worker it would be wise to not get too deep in debt & don't bank on your company to always have your back. Making you rich isn't their job, making themselves rich is..

      Bottom line is Boeing doesn't need you, they can go anywhere and duplicate what their present employees accomplish. Right or wrong that's how it goes..

    Matt said:
    May 31, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Leave it to the unions to drive work away

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