Sam Brownback goes after Boeing’s review of Wichita facility

  • Boeing is considering leaving Wichita.

Let’s take a brief trip down Memory Lane … “The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that Kansas will benefit from approximately 7,500 jobs and an estimated $388 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force’s next aerial refueling aircraft.” That wonderful-sounding promise came in an April 30, 2010, Boeing press release announcing Kansas’ congressional delegation’s major push to get Boeing a new Air Force contract and keep jobs in the state. And it worked. Boeing got the $35 billion contract last April, and Wichita got jobs.

But on Monday, less than two years after Boeing ingratiated itself to Kansas with jobs and an economic boost, the company announced that it’s reviewing its Wichita plant, which the company said could lead to “the potential closure of the Wichita site.” Kansas politicians are pissed at Boeing’s sudden change of heart.

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