Along with the announcement to downsize production of the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, Boeing said it will also axe up to 1,100 jobs.
Reduced orders of the military transport resulted in the aircraft manufacturer’s decision to lay off up to 100 staff based in St Louis and a further 900 from Long Beach in California, STLToday reported.
"This has been a very difficult decision, no question about it," C-17 program manager Bob Ciesla said in a release.
"But reducing the number of C-17s we deliver every year — and doing that with a smaller work force — will allow us to keep the production line open beyond 2012, protect jobs and give potential customers more time to finalize their airlift requirements."
Boeing said it will deliver 13 C-17’s in 2011 and 10 in 2012.
Boeing St Louis based Defence, Space and Security Division communications manager Lisa Maull said up to 80 employees would be laid off this year and a further 20 in 2012."The company will try to deploy affected employees to other programs or other Boeing locations where the company has suitable jobs," Maull said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J