Boeing Co.’s commercial airplane division, already in the midst of cost-cutting measures, on Thursday said it will offer voluntary layoffs to 200 engineering employees at its North Charleston facilities.
The Post and Courier reported that this is the first time any layoffs voluntary or otherwise have been announced at the North Charleston sites.
Although 200 workers will be offered the voluntary layoffs, the North Charleston plant is not looking to trim that amount. Those impacted would include engineers at both the 787 Dreamliner campus and at Propulsion South Carolina, which makes engine parts for the 737-MAX single-aisle plane.
Boeing expects many of the workers who choose the program will be those close to retirement age or those seeking a different job within Boeing or employment elsewhere. Those who choose voluntary layoffs will receive severance of one week’s pay for each year of service up to 26 years.
Boeing South Carolina did not specifically say what it would do if the target number of voluntary layoffs is not achieved.