Will Boeing close its Wichita facility?

Company officials have scheduled a mandatory all-hands meeting with its employees at the Kansas plant this morning. A sweep of local media reports shows a growing expectation that Boeing will announce plans to shutter the facility.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) has said recently that a senior Boeing official has told him the long-planned work on the Air Force flying gas stations will go to Washington state, not Kansas, according to Kansas media reports.

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Pompeo has scheduled a press conference for 11:45 a.m. Central Standard Time.

Boeing spokesmen had yet to respond to an inquiry Wednesday morning.

Company officials long said a tanker win would deliver over 7,000 jobs to Kansas. The facility now employs just over 2,000 workers.

If the Wichita facility is closed, the fate of those workers remains unclear.