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Boeing adding 500 jobs in St. Louis

Boeing plans to add 500 jobs to its St. Louis operations, the company announced Tuesday.

Boeing, in a news release, said the company is looking to operate its Defense, Space & Security unit more efficiently through a consolidation of facilities and work movements that is expected to increase employment in Los Angeles County, St. Louis, and Huntsville, Ala.

“In order to push ourselves farther and win more business, we need to make the most of our resources and talent,” said Leanne Caret, president and CEO, Defense, Space & Security, in a news release. “These steps will help us be a stronger partner for our customers worldwide.”

By the end of 2020, Boeing hopes to reduce facilities space by about 4.5 million square feet, according to the release. In addition, positions in Huntington Beach will be relocated to El Segundo, Long Beach and Seal Beach in Southern California, with others moving to St. Louis and Huntsville, Ala.

Likewise, positions in Kent, Wash., will relocate to nearby Tukwila, the news release states. Boeing said it will close its sites in El Paso, Texas, and Newington, Va.

With the moves, Los Angeles County gains the most positions at 1,600, with St. Louis gaining 500 and Huntsville about 400.

“Making better use of our facilities will enhance efficiency and promote greater collaboration,” Caret said in the news release. “This will help drive our global growth in Boeing’s second century.”