Friday, January 06, 2012
There are times when a corporation can't win. This is one. Boeing in response to pending cutbacks in military budgets has elected to close its 80-year-old plant in Wichita, KS. Everyone is crying foul. Kansas politicians had gone to bat for the company in its long and much-disputed win of an Air Force aerial tanker contract. Some of those tankers were to be built in Wichita. Now, Wichita is facing even more unemployment as plane manufacturers continue cutbacks. This has created a PR problem for Boeing but it looks like the company is going to take its losses and go. It didn't seek to negotiate anything. It made the announcement suddenly and without warning. Perhaps there was no better way to do it, but one wonders.