WICHITA, Kan. (AP) U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is urging The Boeing Co. to transfer its Wichita plant to a local or state development authority to help the city attract new industries.
Moran released a letter Tuesday to Boeing CEO James McNerney asking him to meet with state and local officials on the possibility of conveying the facility.
Boeing announced last week it was closing the Wichita plant by the end of 2013. The plant employs 2,160 workers.
Moran noted that Wichita has provided more than $3.5 billion in industrial revenue bonds since 1979 to finance the plant and granted $650 million in property tax abatements.
A Boeing spokesman told The Associated Press that conveying the property is “certainly an option” but that it’s too soon to say what will happen with the plant.