Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Boeing Long Beach

As promised, a follow-up to my piece from the other day, "The End is Near for Southern California's Conventional Aircraft Manufacturing."

Here's the old Boeing 717 plant at Lakewood and Carson in Long Beach:


A wistful view from across Faculty Avenue. Notice the jetliner taking off above Long Beach Airport. And also the flag atop the Boeing corporate offfice, which I looked out at everyday from the old M Building classrooms at the Liberal Arts Campus at my college:


What also astounded me was the massive size of this facility. It's probably close to an eighth of a mile long:


When I started at Long Beach City College in 2000, the plant was humming with activity. Now it's idle, almost like a ghost town.



Here's the view of the corporate offices looking north from Lakewood Boulevard:


Unless global demand picks up, I doubt there'll be much change at the commercial facility here. That said, Democrat Representative Linda Sánchez is working to keep operations running at the Boeing C-17 plant on the other side of the airport:
Long Beach. Rep. Linda Sánchez, D-Lakewood, recently spoke with Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, about how to reverse the proposed 900 Boeing layoffs in Long Beach.

The downsizing, announced late Wednesday, is the latest in a series of reductions to Long Beach's once-mighty aerospace industry, where employment has dropped from more than 20,000 in the 1990s to less than 7,000 today.

Boeing said the cuts are needed to prepare for a reduced C-17 production schedule, which is 14 annually, to 10 beginning this summer.

Sánchez - a member of the President's Export Council along with Boeing President and CEO W. James McNerney - offered her assistance in working with Congress and asked about several options that might help the plant remain operative, such as reforms to export controls and overseas promotion of the C-17.

She also stressed the importance of these jobs to her constituents and the impact the job losses will have on the region.
More later ...


Philippe Öhlund said...

I'm sorry to hear about the job losses at Long Beach, Donald! :-)

The picture is similar in Europe.

I remember when I worked for Canon at TechTeam in Brussels, Belgium.

Between our building and the NATO hq was the Hewlett Packard complex with a giant car parking lot.

Well, hp downsized and moved away and suddenly appeared all these giant empty buildings.

Well, I'm sure you'll fix the problems at Long Beach.

There is another problem at our beaches and especially in Portugal, where thousands of dead octopussies are washed ashore...

Have a time! :-)