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Boeing gives some OKC workers layoff notices

Testing is being done on a rotary launcher for a bomber at a Boeing facility at SW 59th St. and Air Depot Blvd. in Oklahoma City, OK, Friday, April 15, 2016, [Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman]

Testing is being done on a rotary launcher for a bomber at a Boeing facility at SW 59th St. and Air Depot Blvd. in Oklahoma City, OK, Friday, April 15, 2016, [Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman]

The Boeing Co. told some Oklahoma City employees Friday they could be laid off in the next 60 days.

The aerospace company gave "a small number of employees" a 60-day notice of possible layoffs, the company said Friday.

Boeing did not disclose how many employees in Oklahoma City had received layoff notices. Redeployment to other programs within the company, retirements and attrition could change the number of eventual layoffs, said Jennifer Hogan, a spokeswoman for Boeing. 

"We will provide transition assistance to the affected employees. While we pursue these specific reductions, we continue hiring for other positions," Boeing said in a statement. "All of our activities are intended to make Boeing more competitive and provide greater value to our customers.

The notices were issued across Boeing's defense business, companywide.

"Boeing is still committed to doing business in Oklahoma," Hogan said. 

Thousands employed here

Boeing has more than 2,500 employees in Oklahoma, according to the company. 

Earlier this month, Boeing dedicated a new $80-million, 290,000-square-foot facility in southeast Oklahoma City to house about 800 employees. 

Boeing announced in 2014 that it would add about 900 jobs to Oklahoma City as part of a plan to shift jobs away from Washington state to Oklahoma City and St. Louis, as well as Jacksonville, Fla., and Patuxent River, Md.

The company's second-quarter earnings results will include more than $2 billion in charges related to the 787, 747 and KC-46 aircraft programs.

Brianna Bailey

Brianna Bailey joined The Oklahoman in January 2013 as a business writer. During her time at The Oklahoman, she has walked across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to-south down Western Avenue, and once east-to-west, tracing the old U.S. Route 66.... Read more ›

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