550 Aerospace Jobs to OKC

Oklahoma City, OK – Boeing to move 2 defense programs to Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Boeing Co. says it is relocating two programs from Long Beach, Calif., to Oklahoma City, a move expected to bring 550 engineering jobs to the state.

Boeing is moving its C-130 Avionics Modernization program to Oklahoma City beginning in the first quarter of 2011. The move of the B-1 program is expected toward the end of 2012.

Both programs are part of the Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades division of the company's St. Louis-based Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

MM&U Vice President and General Manager Mark Bass says the relocation will help Boeing "provide a more competitive cost structure for customers."

Boeing says some California employees will be relocated, while other positions will be hired locally.