Boeing Wichita to hold mandatory all-employee meeting

Boeing Wichita is holding an all-employee meeting tomorrow. The meeting is mandatory. Most people think Boeing will reveal whether it plans to close the Wichita facility.

Boeing officials have said that they have been studying the future of the site, including whether to close.

The company’s engineering union has been informed that Boeing will make an announcement at the meeting.

“I’m assuming they’re going to make the announcement of the future of the Wichita site,” said Bob Brewer, Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace Midwest director. “We’ve been expecting this. I think they’re going to announce the closure of the Wichita site. I haven’t had any conversation or anything provided to me that indicates anything different. I hope I’m dead wrong.”

Boeing spokesman Jarrod Bartlett confirmed the meeting, but had no further comment.

Employees were notified this morning of the meeting, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the site.

Second-shift employees are to attend the morning meeting, and a call-in number is available for those working off site.

Boeing has been studying the future of its Wichita operations, which faces a number of issues, including looming defense budget cuts, product and service contracts that have matured and expired, and limited prospects for future work, the company has said.