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Boeing to hire up to 3,000 workers

The Boeing Co. said Friday it will add 2,000 to 3,000 jobs in the Puget Sound area by the end of the year because of previously announced plans to increase airplane production and continue development on new projects.
/ Source: The Associated Press

The Boeing Co. said Friday it will add 2,000 to 3,000 jobs in the Puget Sound area by the end of the year because of previously announced plans to increase airplane production and continue development on new projects.

In addition, the company plans to add another 250 to 300 jobs in Wichita, Kan., and 50 to 100 jobs in Portland, Ore., because of the planned increase in airplane production.

Boeing plans to deliver about 300 airplanes in 2005, up from 285 airplanes this year.

Boeing spokesman Peter Conte said the company will recall about 1,000 laid-off manufacturing workers in the Puget Sound area to deal with the production increase. The company currently employs about 52,800 in the Puget Sound area and 157,000 people globally.

Also part of the regional increase are 400 jobs being to its defense operations here. That includes workers for its new project to build a long-range patrol plane for the U.S. Navy, based on its 737 jet.

The remainder of the new Puget Sound-area jobs will be for development of the company’s planned new 7E7 passenger jet, which is scheduled to begin flying commercially in 2008.

Boeing has laid off about 10,000 workers worldwide since 2001, amid a global aviation industry slump.

The company has been based in Chicago since 2001, but much of its commercial airplane manufacturing operations, and parts of other units, remain in the Seattle area.