The Chicago-based aerospace company cites declining orders for a flagship airframe as the reason behind layoffs
LOS ANGELES—Boeing Co. is cutting 900 of the 3,700 jobs at its plant in Long Beach plant in California.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the company is citing declining orders for its C-17 cargo planes.
Boeing said the Long Beach cuts would be part of the 1,100 C-17-related jobs being dropped across the U.S.
The Chicago-based company said it would provide assistance for affected workers seeking potential positions elsewhere within the company.
The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports the Long Beach assembly plant built 14 jets in 2010 and is scheduled to build 13 this year before cutting down to 10 by 2012.
Stan Klemchuck, President of Local 148 of the United Aerospace Workers, tells the Press-Telegram the workers "are obviously devastated."
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