Raytheon Co.’s announcement Thursday that it may sell Wichita’s Raytheon Aircraft Co. is big news, given the uncertainty it creates for 6,000 employees and their families. But it’s no secret that Raytheon sought to sell the plant several years ago. And analysts considered it likely that the “for sale” sign would go out again when the company’s financial picture improved, which it now has.
The success that Boeing Wichita’s former commercial division has seen since being sold off and reinvented as Spirit AeroSystems also will take the edge off the anxiety for some in the community. Spirit has demonstrated the advantages of a declaration of independence from an aerospace giant.
Still, the possible sale of a large community employer can’t help but stoke familiar fears about job cuts, labor contracts and the local economy. Sad to say, but Wichita probably ought to be used to this by now.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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