Boeing Co. said Thursday it will lay off nearly 200 employees at the 787 Dreamliner factory in North Charleston, S.C., the same plant President Trump visited earlier this year to deliver a speech promoting his “Buy America” pledge, vowing to protect American jobs and punish companies that moved their factories overseas.
Boeing claims the job cuts are part of a company-wide effort to reduce costs in Boeing’s commercial airplane division to compete with its French rival Airbus, according to a report by The Post and Courier. The layoffs will affect Boeing managers and salaried workers.
“We are all aware of the need to be more competitive in a relentlessly challenging industry,” Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, said in an employee memo. “While we understand the business need, it doesn’t make this action any easier.”
Five months ago, Trump visited the same North Charleston plant in February for the debut of Boeing’s 787-10 and proudly proclaimed, “We are going to fight for every last American job.”
“As your president, I’m going to do everything I can to unleash the power of the American spirit and to put our great people back to work,” Trump said at the time. “It has to be much easier for manufacturers in our country, and much harder [for them] to leave.”
The Hill adds:
Boeing is the second business that Trump has visited to later announce lay offs.
The Carrier plant in Indianapolis, which Trump convinced to stay open late last year, will lay off more than 600 employees beginning next month.