Boeing says it's still studying Wichita operations

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Posted: Dec 19, 2011 3:29 PM
Boeing says it's still studying Wichita operations

Boeing says it's still reviewing its Wichita operations and won't make an announcement about any work moving elsewhere until late this year or early next year.

That comes after U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo said Monday that a senior Boeing Co, official told him the modification work on the Air Force refueling tankers will be done its plant in Washington state rather than Kansas. He wouldn't name the official.

Boeing spokesman Jarrod Bartlett said the review is ongoing and involves all Wichita programs, not just tankers. The company said last month it was studying whether to close the facility, which has 2,100 employees and specializes in modifying commercial aircraft for military or government operations.

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Officials have said the $35 billion tanker project would create 7,500 direct and indirect jobs in Kansas.