Boeing Will Move Hundreds of Jobs from Seattle to Mesa

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Article originally posted on AZ Central on June 22, 2017

Boeing will transfer employees from its internal services division in Seattle to its Mesa facility in the next two to three years, according to the aerospace behemoth.

The company would not confirm how many positions will transfer to Mesa, but The Seattle Times reported that hundreds of employees will be asked to leave Seattle and head south.

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The Mesa facility — which opened in 1982 but did not become a Boeing operation until after a merger in the late ’90s — is one of the city’s largest employers with 3,700 employees. The northeast Mesa facility, near McDowell and Higley roads, is most known for producing Apache Attack Helicopters.

Boeing making multiple changes

In a statement, the company said its Shared Services Group will make several changes in the coming years “to remain successful in our highly competitive market.”

“The moves include efficiencies gained from automation, adjusting our management structure and we will be consolidating and relocating some work that supports enterprise-wide services over the next few years to Mesa, Ariz., and other Boeing sites,” the statement said.

The company would not say whether it intends to pay for employees’ relocation, or if it will hire Arizona workers if not enough employees choose to relocate.

“We are just at the start of having conversations with our employees to help them understand the process and get their feedback. We understand that changes like this impact our employees and chose to talk directly to them about this early in the process to give them the greatest opportunity to consider the right path for them as we work through this,” Boeing said in the statement.

Relocation a boost for Mesa

Representatives from Mesa said they did not have many details on the relocation process, but spoke highly of Boeing’s Mesa operation.

“We have a great relationship with Boeing’s local office in Mesa and we look forward to working with our partners to welcome employees and their families once the final decision is made to relocate to Mesa,” Economic Development Director Bill Jabjiniak said in an email.

Mesa Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sally Harrison said she moved from the Seattle area to Mesa in 2004, and found it to be a seamless transition.

“My family was just excited once we got here. It was just a really great welcome from the community. You feel like you’re home already,” Harrison said.

She said that in addition to the sunny weather, the East Valley has a lot to offer families, like great school districts.

“I’m hoping everyone’s looking at (relocation) as a real positive,” Harrison said.

She said shifting workers to Arizona provides Mesa with an added economic bonus — hundreds of new families buying houses and spending their money in the city.

Harrison said her team will work with Mesa to provide relocation packets for newcomers with information about realtors, schools and other services.

“We’re looking forward to being able to assist them from that front,” Harrison said.

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