Mon, Dec 18, 2006
More Than 900 Asked To Relocate
The newly-formed United Launch Alliance -- a partnership formed
between once-rivals Boeing and Lockheed Martin -- has offered a
relocation package to more than 900 displaced Boeing employees in
California. The company expects about a third of them to
accept jobs in Denver, CO.
"We'll have the world's greatest concentration of rocket
scientists here," said George Sowers, who works on ULA business
development, to the Denver Post.
Employees who take the relocation offer will move from
Huntington Beach to Denver by summer 2007, Sowers added. They would
join approximately 1,000 former Atlas rocket program employees
already working for ULA.
"They're being offered more than what they'd get if they
stayed," Sowers said.
United Launch Alliance sent its first Delta II rocket
into space last week, from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The joint venture also has a launch base in Florida.
In addition to firming up its ULA staff, Lockheed has also
leased additional buildings in the Denver area to accommodate work
on the Orion crew exploration vehicle. The first flight test of the
CEV is expected in 2008.
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