Boeing: no plans to leave Tulsa

(January 29, 2004) - (Tulsa-AP) -- Boeing officials say they have no immediate plans to close the Tulsa plant. The Seattle Times reported Sunday that Boeing could be considering selling the Tulsa and Wichita facilities. Boeing's Chief Executive Officer Harry Stonecipher says he hasn't seen, reviewed or approved any plans to close the company's Wichita, Kansas, facility. Boeing-Tulsa's director of strategic planning and communications says plans for the Tulsa plant will be the same as plans for the Wichita facility. Steve Hendrickson says the Tulsa plant reports to the Wichita Division and is an integral part of the Kansas operation. U-S Representative Todd Tiahrt of Kansas quoted Boeing's C-E-O as saying Boeing's future will always include Wichita. Several top Oklahoma leaders also were encouraged about the Tulsa plant and its one-thousand workers staying.