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Boeing breaks ground for another operation in a low-cost locale

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on April 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
April 27, 2011 3:16 pm

Lured by the promises of government incentives and lower costs, Boeing this week broke ground for a new facility in Oklahoma City for two programs it is moving from California.

The company will use the 320,000-square-foot structure near Tinker Air Force Base as home to its B-1 bomber modification program and its C-130 avionics update program.

The company plans to move 500 jobs from Long Beach, Calif to the Oklahoma capital to staff those engineering programs.

The Oklahoma City expansion is the latest Boeing move to shift work from higher cost states with union-friendly laws to lower cost states with union-hostile rules.

The company is completing a second 787 Dreamliner assembly line in Charleston, S.C. Boeing picked Charleston in part because the state is a right-to-work state state with laws that make union organizing more difficult. The company has said it wants to avoid the costly strikes it has experienced in Washington and elsewhere.

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