In a move that mimics its construction of a new 787 Dreamliner assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C., Boeing said this week that it is moving two programs from the high-cost West Coast to a lower-cost state.
The move will mean a loss of 800 jobs in Long Beach, Calif., and a gain of 550 workers for Oklahoma City. The company said it won’t hire as many workers in Oklahoma as it is laying off in California.
The two key defense programs are programs to update the avionics on the C-130 cargo plane and to modernize its B-1 bomber.
The U.S. military asked for lower costs on those programs, and Boeing responded by moving them to a lower-cost area, the company said.