Boeing is studying the marketplace for its products, with a possibility that it could close its defense plant in Wichita. That would mean the loss of more than 2,000 jobs at Boeing … plus a rippling effect for business and subcontractors throughout the area.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback responded by saying he expects Boeing to honor verbal and written commitments to 75-hundred new Kansas jobs with the awarding of a new refueling tanker contract.
Boeing says “product and service contracts have “matured and expired”, and there are “limited prospects for future work”. Boeing’s looking at the “current defense budget environment”, with the possibility for big budget cuts at the Pentagon.
It looks to me as if Boeing is sending a little message to our elected representatives at all levels: If you want us to stay in Wichita, you’d better do some powerful lobbying in the halls of congress.
Federal budget cutting cannot be painless; it does have an impact. Here is a terrific example.
Our thought for today is from Adlai Stevenson:
“Let’s talk sense to the American people. Let’s tell them the truth, that there are no gains without pains.”