Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mcdonnell to Close Tulsa Plant 1,150 Losing Their Jobs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mcdonnell to Close Tulsa Plant 1,150 Losing Their Jobs

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McDonnell Douglas Corp., continuing to cut costs, announced Friday that it will close its plant in Tulsa, Okla.

Approximately 1,150 people work at the Tulsa plant, a decrease from the peak of 3,200 workers in 1990, said James Reed, corporate spokesman in St. Louis. About 850 of the employees are union assembly-line workers.

The final closing is slated for the middle of 1994. But most employees will be gone by the end of January, Reed said.

"This is a problem of plant overcapacity for McDonnell Douglas," Reed said.

"We were only using about 25 percent of the plant there. This (closing) is not a reflection on the workers at Tulsa; we have always had good relations with them."

The Tulsa plant manufactures rear fuselages for the McDonnell F-15 Eagle twin-engine fighter-bomber, as well as doing work on the MD-80 airliner.

"We have made no decisions on what (F-15) work will be transferred" to St. Louis, Reed said. "That decision will be made after the first of the year. …

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