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Boeing to lay off 250 in its Southern California satellite business

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Boeing is planning to lay off about 250 people in Southern California who work in its satellite business. 

Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems makes satellites for military, government and private  clients.  It employs more than 5,000 people at facilities in El Segundo, Torrance, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach.  Spokeswoman Diana Ball said that, for the past few years, Boeing has been changing its satellite manufacturing strategy, from making custom items  for each client to making standard models on a production line.

"We have been very successful in the market," Ball said.  "But it has resulted in some of the upfront engineering activities no longer being required at the same levels they were required prior to us moving to a production line."      

Boeing told senior-level but non-management employees they could volunteer for a layoff package.  Ball said a sufficient number of workers have volunteered, and managers will decide who stays and who goes by the end of next month.     

Ball said it's unlikely that every volunteer will be laid off. 

She said managers will be looking at the volunteer list and deciding which employees will stay and which will go.

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