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Boeing To Close Tennessee Plant

Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:45 pm

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The decision comes about seven months after Boeing struck a deal with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) on a new three-year contract for employees at its Oak Ridge facility, ending a strike.

During the industrial action, Boeing transferred 737 and 777 flight deck console work to other locations while additional manufacturing work was recalled by prime contractors.

In April, the 265 remaining employees at Oak Ridge were informed of the company’s intention to exit Commercial Airplanes parts production at the facility and move remaining work to Boeing’s Salt Lake City plant and external suppliers.


http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...eing-to-close-tennessee-plant.html


What model does this plant make parts for?
 
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RE: Boeing To Close Tennessee Plant

Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:02 pm

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The Boeing Oak Ridge site employs approximately 500 people, and manufactures a variety of aerospace components, including flight deck modules for the company's all-new airplane, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, as well as all other 700-series models of commercial airplanes.

http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2006/q2/060630c_nr.html


The union at Oak Ridge did strike in the summer and fall of 2006, so this might have played a role in Boeing closing the plant.
 
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RE: Boeing To Close Tennessee Plant

Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:23 pm

Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):
The union at Oak Ridge did strike in the summer and fall of 2006, so this might have played a role in Boeing closing the plant.

Reading the article, Boeing stoutly claims that the strike had nothing to do with the decision to close the plant. And I have this REALLY great deal on a bridge in Brooklyn....
The problem with making things foolproof is that fools are so doggone ingenious...Dan Keebler
 
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RE: Boeing To Close Tennessee Plant

Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:27 pm

Quoting SEPilot (Reply 2):
Reading the article, Boeing stoutly claims that the strike had nothing to do with the decision to close the plant. And I have this REALLY great deal on a bridge in Brooklyn....

Honestly, it may not have. After all, Boeing didn't make it a habit of closing plans that struck in the past. Yes, some of those were the primary assembly plants like Everett and Renton and Wichita (before sold to Spirit), but many smaller plants have had strikes over the years and they're still around.

That being said, past and pending labor issues have no doubt played a part in Boeing's move to sell these plants off to other companies and then source the parts from them.
 
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RE: Boeing To Close Tennessee Plant

Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:33 pm

Quoting Stitch (Reply 3):
Honestly, it may not have.

You may be right, but I still have my doubts. Certainly it was not the only reason; but I'm sure it figured into it. I don't know on what terms they settled; chances are it was for more than Boeing felt it was worth, which would definitely factor into the decision. The key question is would Boeing still have closed it if they hadn't struck? Or would they have transferred work there from other places and closed one of them? We really don't have any way of knowing.
The problem with making things foolproof is that fools are so doggone ingenious...Dan Keebler

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