Boeing to close facilities in Wichita, move work

Boeing Wichita, Kansas.

Brian Corn

WICHITA, Kan. -- Boeing Co., for decades the brand that helped support Wichita's claim as the aviation capital of the world, said Wednesday it will shut down facilities in the city by the end of 2013 and send work to plants in three other states as it deals with defense spending cutbacks.

The closure will cost more than 2,160 workers their jobs and end the firm's longtime presence in the area.

The decision was not a surprise. Boeing said in November that it was looking at closing the plant, but it still drew an angry response from Kansas lawmakers who helped Boeing land a lucrative Air Force refueling-tanker deal.

Instead, the work will go to Boeing facilities near Seattle and Oklahoma City.

Boeing's North Charleston campus is not affected, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.