Boeing To Eliminate 300 St. Louis Jobs When Cargo Plane Production Stops

Hundreds of Boeing employees in St. Louis work on the company's C-17 cargo plane. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Hundreds of Boeing employees in St. Louis work on the company's C-17 cargo plane. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Boeing decided to stop building its C-17 military cargo plane and will eliminate 3,000 jobs, including 300 in St. Louis, starting in early 2014. The layoffs will continue until the last C-17 crosses the assembly line in California in 2015. The aircraft’s forward nose and cargo door are built at Boeing in St. Louis. The C-17 program supports additional jobs at 650 suppliers in 44 states. The company is completing production on 22 of the aircraft, but delivered the last C-17 for the U.S. Air Force last week, ending a 32-year program. Boeing said international sales of the cargo jet will be insufficient to justify keeping the production line going.

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