Boeing leaves many in Macon unemployed

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- A year ago, Boeing announced that their Macon plant was expanding, which would have created jobs for about two hundred people. Instead, one hundred twenty people will be losing their jobs.

On Monday afternoon Boeing that they will no longer continue production in Macon. They are set to finish by December 17th and will leave Macon employees unemployed.

Boeing has a been a partner in the Macon community more than thirty five years.

Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority’s chairman, Cliffard Whitby stated, “Although we’re disappointed, we understand that Boeing has business decisions to make.”

A decision that will affect many employees and their families, but the Macon-Bibb industrial authority is hoping to ease this this process.

“Our number one priority is to figure out and put together a plan and strategy to support the employees and their families’ transitions,” Whitby said.

Boeing stated that Macon employees have the opportunity to transition to another plant, but for many who have built a life in Middle Georgia, it may not be easy.

“We’re very sensitive to that,” Whitby said. “And that’s where a matching employees and their skill sets to some of the other aviation that exist within the aviation community.”

Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority doesn’t have an exact plan yet, but they will be working with the state’s department of labor to assist displaced employees.

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