RENTON, WA — Boeing is reassigning thousands of workers at its Renton facility in Washington as it prepares to shut down production of the troubled 737 MAX aircraft.
The Seattle Times reports the company issued an internal email to employees yesterday detailing its plans to redeploy roughly 3,000 workers directly involved in manufacturing, engineering and parts fabrication for the 737 MAX.
Some of those workers will be temporarily transferred to Boeing's Everett facility to work on the 767 and 777 aircrafts.
Other workers will be redeployed to Central Washington's Moses Lake facility and California's Victorville facility.
Workers at Boeing's Auburn and South Carolina plants are also being reassigned.
This comes as the company decided not to continue production after two 737 MAX aircraft crashed last year.
Boing continues to see fallout from the FAAs decision to ground the 737 MAX indefinitely. The company just announced it will compensate American Airlines over lost revenue from the grounding of the 737 MAX airliner.
The airline hasn't publicized how much Boeing will pay, but it did say that it's going to add 30-million-dollars to an employee profit sharing fund that will begin paying out next year.The 737 MAX has been grounded since last March following two deadly crashes and there's no telling when it will be allowed to fly again.
Airlines have lost over a billion dollars in revenue from the grounding.Southwest Airlines previously struck a deal with Boeing and will share $125 million with its workers.