Wed, Aug 04, 2010
C-130 And B-1 Bomber Programs Affected By The Move
Boeing announced Monday it will relocate the C-130 Avionics
Modernization Program (AMP) and B-1 Program from Long Beach to
Oklahoma City. The move will begin with C-130 AMP starting in the
first quarter of 2011 and conclude by the end of 2012 with the move
of the B-1 Program.
C-130 File Photo
Both programs are part of the Maintenance, Modifications &
Upgrades (MM&U) division of the Global Services & Support
(GS&S) business unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
The programs now employ approximately 800 people in Southern
California. About 550 positions will be relocated to Oklahoma City.
The remaining positions will be reduced from the programs over the
next two years as contracts are fulfilled.
MM&U Vice President and General Manager Mark Bass said
relocating the programs will help Boeing provide a more competitive
cost structure for customers.
"Making a decision like this is never easy, but as we reviewed
our anticipated operating costs for the next several years, it
became clear that Boeing needs to take major actions on these
programs in order to remain affordable for our customers," Bass
said. "We remain committed to maintaining the excellent record of
performance that our employees deliver for our U.S. Air Force B-1
and C-130 AMP customers during this transition."
During the move, some employees will be relocated, while other
positions will be posted and hired locally in Oklahoma City.
Company managers are determining which employees will be offered
relocation to Oklahoma City. Boeing will provide assistance for
workers who do not make the transition, including help in searching
for other potential positions within the company.
B-1 Lancer File Photo
"We will communicate openly and often with our employees
throughout this process," Bass said.
C-130 AMP brings commonality to the C-130 fleet by offering
flexibility in assigning aircrew, regardless of the model design
type, and reducing aircraft operating costs while addressing
obsolescence and providing for future capability growth. The
program recently was approved by the Air Force for low-rate initial
The Boeing B-1 Program is modernizing the B-1 Lancer bomber to
further enhance its conventional munitions capability. Multiple
upgrades are being tested this year to improve the bomber's
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