“We are on plan and the bulk of jobs will be placed this year for the Wichita portion,” Hogan said. “So you will see more activity on that in the coming months. Our current head count is about 1,300. We have grown 500 jobs since our initial announcement in 2010. Our plan is be at approximately 2,000 by end of 2013.”
Boeing's expansion in Oklahoma City has coincided with its effort to consolidate operations, cut costs and respond to possible defense department budget reductions.
With average salaries topping $84,000, the jobs remain a big win for Oklahoma City, said Kurt Foreman, executive vice president of economic development at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
“Boeing is a long-term company we want to have in our market,” Foreman said. “And the jobs they create are the type communities want to have.”
Foreman said he also still anticipates other vendors that work with Boeing will expand their presence in Oklahoma City — but at a slower rate due to uncertainty with federal budget negotiations.
“With the potential threats to people doing business, they don't want to run ahead of things,” Foreman said. “We're seeing people interested in the market, but jogging instead of running.”