month, Boeing will begin the first in a series of 60-day layoff notices to
employees in association with this announcement, it says.
facility, ending a strike. During the industrial action, Boeing transferred 737
and 777 flight deck console work to other locations while additional
manufacturing work was recalled by prime contractors.
April, the 265 remaining employees at Oak
Ridge were informed of the company’s intention
to exit Commercial Airplanes parts production at the facility and move
remaining work to Boeing’s Salt
plant and external suppliers.
that time, the IAM chapter for Oak Ridge
in an online message to membership said: “Contrary to what Boeing has told the
salary employees, the closure is not entirely the fault of the 2006 strike, it
has been in the plans for a long time.”
Boeing spokeswoman today tells ATI:
“What’s happening with the cease of operations [at Oak Ridge]
absolutely does not have to do with the strike. The decision was made due to
the overall lack of work…and there are limited prospects of future business.”
facility also makes parts for USEC, a supplier of enriched uranium fuel for
commercial nuclear power plants. Centrifuge component work has been provided
for USEC by Boeing at Oak Ridge
in a statement says it has selected BWX Technologies (BWXT) to assume
responsibility for the manufacture of components for centrifuge machines at Oak Ridge.
These will be used in USEC’s
American Centrifuge Plant in Piketon,
has been working with Boeing on possible transition plans since Boeing decided
to move its commercial airplane parts fabrication and assembly work from Oak Ridge
to other Boeing sites,” says USEC.
says Boeing is currently working with the city of Oak Ridge
to make its existing facilities available for USEC’s centrifuge manufacturing.
headquartered in Lynchburg,
and a subsidiary of McDermott International, says it was selected by USEC for
this work “because of its extensive experience with the design and
cost-effective manufacturing of nuclear components and classified machinery”.
notes that the transition from Boeing to BWXT “will occur in late 2007, and the
contract is expected to continue through 2012”.
meanwhile, says it has informed Oak Ridge
employees of opportunities across Boeing for those willing to relocate to other