Plant Employs 265 Workers
The axe has fallen. Boeing announced
Wednesday it will end parts production operations at its site in
Oak Ridge, TN by the first quarter of 2008.
The decision to end parts production operations was made because
the facility no longer has sufficient work for Boeing Commercial
Airplanes, or other parts production work, to remain in operation.
Exiting Oak Ridge is part of the continued consolidation and
alignment of parts manufacturing capability and capacity across
Boeing Fabrication facilities.
In July, Boeing will begin the first in a series of 60-day
layoff notices to employees in association with this
Boeing shared the news Wednesday in meetings with the 265 people
who work at the Oak Ridge facility. In April, employees were
informed of the company's intention to exit Commercial Airplanes
parts production in Oak Ridge and move remaining work to Boeing
Salt Lake City and external suppliers.
The Oak Ridge facility previously produced flight deck consoles,
forward instrument panels, aisle stands and other metal machined
parts for Commercial Airplanes.
Centrifuge component work has been provided by Boeing for USEC
in support of the Lead Cascade/American Centrifuge program since
2004. Boeing established the Oak Ridge facility in 1981 to support
early centrifuge parts manufacturing.
The Oak Ridge site's other key customer, USEC Inc., together
with BWX Technologies, Inc., announced their decision to enter into
a long-term contract for BWXT to assume responsibility for
production of centrifuge components in Oak Ridge.
"We are proud of the value you provided to our customers over
the years," said Gary Bomhoff, Oak Ridge site leader, to employees.
Bomhoff added there are opportunities across Boeing for employees
willing to relocate to other sites.