Boeing Consolidating Defense, Space Sites

The effort to improve efficiency will bring jobs to Boeing's Los Angeles County, St. Louis, and Huntsville locations.

In an effort to operate its Defense, Space & Security business more efficiently, Boeing is enacting facilities consolidations and work movements that will result in the loss of 500 jobs over a four-year period, but increase employment in Los Angeles County; St. Louis; and Huntsville, AL.

Boeing consolidation
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“In order to push ourselves farther and win more business, we need to make the most of our resources and talent,” explained Leanne Caret, president and CEO, Defense, Space & Security. “These steps will help us be a stronger partner for our customers worldwide.”

By the end of 2020 Boeing will reduce facilities space by approximately 4.5 million square feet. Along with that, many positions in Huntington Beach will move to El Segundo, Long Beach, and Seal Beach in Southern California, with others moving to St. Louis and Huntsville. Similarly, many positions in Kent, WA will move to nearby Tukwila. The company also will close its El Paso, TX and Newington, VA sites.

With the moves, Los Angeles County gains about 1,600 positions, with St. Louis gaining 500 and Huntsville about 400.

“Making better use of our facilities will enhance efficiency and promote greater collaboration,” Caret said. “This will help drive our global growth in Boeing’s second century.”

Boeing will invest about $70 million in Huntsville alone by 2020.

“Since Boeing first came to Alabama in 1962 joining our efforts to put man on the moon, our partnership has been a strong one and it continues to grow,” said Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley. “A University of Alabama study found that Boeing’s presence in the state sustains nearly 8,400 direct and indirect jobs across Alabama. We look forward to a long relationship with Boeing and ensuring their continued growth and success.”