Boeing incentives package in Oklahoma City set to increase to $6.3 million

Boeing Co. is moving 265 less aircraft maintenance jobs than anticipated to Oklahoma City from operations in Long Beach, Calif., but is proceeding with a plan to move up to 900 engineering jobs from a plant closing in Wichita, Kan.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: January 19, 2013
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Boeing Co. is moving 265 less aircraft maintenance jobs than anticipated from operations in Long Beach, Calif., but is proceeding with a plan to move up to 900 engineering jobs from a plant closing in Wichita.

The latest job numbers are reflected in job incentives proposals totaling $6.3 million set to be presented Tuesday to the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust. The incentives are to be paid from a $75 million general-obligation limited tax bond issue approved by voters in 2007.

“The California transition of jobs is complete this month,” Boeing spokeswoman Jennifer Hogan said Friday. “Some of the employees from Wichita have transferred and some new hires have come on board. The number is small right now.”

Boeing was first approved for an allocation of $1.496 million in 2011 based on 232 jobs associated with the C-130 program moving from Long Beach. A second phase allocation was expected for an estimated 318 jobs attached to the company's B-1 program, which also was based in Long Beach.

Total of jobs changes

Brent Bryant, the city's economic development coordinator, said Boeing approached the city in December asking that the C-130 allocation be combined with some B-1 jobs, with the total being changed from 550 to 285, and be retitled as “Boeing Project No. 1”

Boeing's capital investment costs for expanding operations in Oklahoma City, initially estimated at $2.8 million, increased to $5.1 million. Based on average salaries, capital investment and net new job creation, the recommended allocation for “Boeing Project No. 1” is set at $1.8 million.

If approved, Bryant expects “Boeing Project No. 1” payments from the performance-based incentive package to begin later this year.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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