The Boeing C-17 cargo/transfer aircraft plant is nearly a landmark in Long Beach after decades of manufacturing (previously McDonald Douglas). As the last major airplane factory in Southern California, it's future is now being debated by the Senate. With our nation's economic challenges, the federal government has looked to trim the budget where they can. Despite bi-partisan support from California representatives, the United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, feels that more production of this aircraft may no longer be necessary.
We can generally understand and appreciate the need to cut expenses, especially in light of the nation's budget deficit. However, when it comes to losing over 5,000 jobs in our community it's very difficult to swallow. Some of the employees at this plant have been there for 40+ years. Needless to say, the personal loss to these employees is devastating. Additionally, the impact to the local economy could certainly cut deep.
The planned cuts would happen by 2011 if no solution can be found to save our Long Beach plant.
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