If Boeing closes their Wichita plant 2100 workers will be without a job and the 7500+ jobs that would have been created by the $3.5 billion tanker contract Boeing was just awarded will go to another state.
Wichita has been in the airplane business since the 1920's. We've been known as the air capital and there's a reason for that. The majority of manufacturing jobs in this city support the aircraft industry in one way or another yet the economic downturn and loss of contracts has caused our workforce to shrink to some of the lowest records ever. The trickle down effect is evident throughout the community as people spend less, homes are foreclosed upon and businesses are struggling just to stay open.
Wichita doesn't get mentioned much in the news, we aren't the first city people think of when planning a vacation but we have great community that has been extremely supportive of Boeing, getting tax breaks and concessions in the millions over the years to keep them here. Most recently it was Kansas that lobbied hard to get the tanker contract to Boeing because they promised to stay. They gave their word they would stay. In November, they announced they had changed their minds. Wichitans feel cheated, workers are worried.
There has to be someone, somewhere who will honor their word. We want Boeing to take that stand and stay in Wichita.