Boeing moves 1K customer support jobs to SoCal (updated)

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Boeing is moving about 1,000 of its customer support jobs out of Washington and into Southern California.

The company said Thursday that it is centralizing its customer support to its engineering design center in Southern California. It already employs 1,800 people at its Long Beach and Seal Beach sites there.

"This move will allow us to tap into existing engineering talent in California to expand on our outstanding customer service and align resources in a single location," said Lynne Thompson, vice president of customer support, commercial aviation services for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in a press release.

Some of that talent could include workers impacted by Boeing's plans to close a Long Beach plant that builds the C-17 Globemaster cargo jets in mid-2015, three months earlier than expected. The plant's closure will impact 2,000 Boeing employees in Southern California.

Boeing spokesman Doug Alder told KPCC that C-17 workers are being encouraged to apply for the customer support positions, which are engineering jobs. He said the C-17 plant closure "didn't really factor" into the company's decision to move the 1,000 jobs to Southern California.

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Boeing says the employees in the Puget Sound region affected by the decision will be given the chance to apply for jobs in California or elsewhere in the company. Boeing also hopes to attract new employees from Southern California universities.

Boeing, which is based in Chicago, established engineering design centers last year in South Carolina, Southern California and Washington to meet increasing demand for its airplanes.

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