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Wed Dec 21, 2011, 08:15 AM

(GOP) Lawmaker: Boeing won't build tanker in Kansas

Lawmaker: Boeing won't build tanker in Kansas
By Rick Plumlee | McClatchy Newspapers
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011

WICHITA, Kan. U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., said Monday morning that a senior Boeing official has told him the company does not intend to finish its new-generation tanker at its Wichita facility, and that the work would be done in Seattle.

"I hope he was ill-informed," Pompeo said during a news conference at the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita. "But there is no reason to believe that he did not know what the Boeing Co. intended."

Boeing had no response to Pompeo's claim other than to reiterate the statement it made last month when the company announced it was conducting a study on the future of its Wichita site. At the time, Boeing said closing the Wichita facility was among the options being considered.


Pompeo declined to identify the Boeing official who told him the KC-46A tanker would be finished in Seattle, but he had plenty to say in reaction to the comments made to him by that official in recent weeks.


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Major Hogwash Dec 2011 #1

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Wed Dec 21, 2011, 10:00 AM

1. Wichita has lost 10s of 1000s of jobs in the aviation industry over the last 7 years.

And although every Republican from Kansas has tried to lay the blame for that at the feet of the unions, most of the decisions to make those cuts had nothing to do with the contracts the unions had making those planes and jets.

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