As Boeing reduces its production of C-17 aircraft, it will also shed approximately 1,100 jobs through 2012. The company will deliver 13 C-17 Globemaster III airlifters in 2011, but will drop production to 10 annually at the end of the year.
"This has been a very difficult decision, no question about it," said Bob Ciesla, C-17 program manager. "But reducing the number of C-17s we deliver every year - and doing that with a smaller work force - will allow us to keep the production line open beyond 2012, protect jobs, and give potential customers more time to finalize their airlift requirements."
The company's facility in Long Beach, California, will be hit hardest, with 900 positions eliminated at the final assembly site. Facilities in Macon, Georgia; Mesa, Arizona; and St. Louis will also see layoffs.
"We've been communicating frequently with our employees about this process for the past year and will continue to do so," Ciesla said.
Boeing says it will help affected workers seek potential jobs within the company.