WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Boeing is planning to boost its spending with Kansas suppliers.
Company spokesman Forrest Gossett says that while the aircraft manufacturer is closing its Wichita facility, it’s not leaving the state.
The Wichita Eagle reported that plans announced last week call for the aircraft manufacturer to increase its spending with Kansas suppliers from $3.2 billion to $4.8 billion by 2014 or 2015.
Boeing announced earlier this month that it was moving work at its Wichita plant to Oklahoma City and San Antonio. Tanker work that was to have come to Wichita will now go to the Puget Sound area in Washington state.
Boeing has about 475 suppliers in Kansas, most in the Wichita area. Kansas currently ranks fourth among the 50 states for Boeing’s supply dollars.