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Assembly Line at Long Beach Airport's Future Murky

Assembly Line at Long Beach Airport's Future Murky

A once mighty airliner assembly line will likely fall silent next year as Boeing Machinists vote to save their jobs. 

Long Beach Airport, once the commercial jetliner headquarters for McDonnell-Douglas will close out its final assembly and refit center for the C-17 military cargo jet in 2015.  Now that Boeing machinists in Seattle approved the company's take-it-leave-it contract offer, campaigns to build the 777 model-X jetliner in California and 20 other states have evaporated. 

3,000 Boeing contractors will likely be turned out or move out in search of jobs on another aircraft assembly line. 

Long Beach Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske says the city needs to find ways to attract new businesses. 

 

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