(WICHITA, Kan.) — Boeing says it needs to cut 225 jobs in Wichita. The jobs are at the company's Defense, Space & Security’s Maintenance, Modifications and Upgrades (MM&U) facility.
The company says it has to reduce its workforce because some Wichita programs are coming to an end and other adjustments in aircraft maintenance cycles - meaning there just isn't as much work as there used to be.
Boeing won the $35 billion U.S. Air Force tanker contract in February. The contract promised nearly 1,000 new jobs to the Wichita facility. A company spokesman says that's still the case, but that work doesn't start for another three years."There is a bit of a delay and unfortunately we've not been able to reduce our costs enough recently and increase our productivity enough to go win new programs to fill the gap," explains Jarrod Bartlett.
The cuts will take place through the rest of the year through layoffs, attrition and placements elsewhere within the company. Sixty employees will get notice June 17.