Back in May, a deal between the two companies, which already
have a pretty tight relationship, would have involved Boeing's
plants in Wichita, Tulsa and McAlester (OK).
Boeing is reportedly focusing on a business plan that centers on
design and final assembly (witness all the outsourcing on the 7E7
project). Selling those three commercial plants would be in line
with that philosophy.
There's no indication what sorts of numbers might be involved
here. But as Boeing courts GKN again, employees at those three
plants are wondering what will happen to their jobs. In May, Boeing
sent out a letter to the employees, saying in part, "There is no
set timetable for completing this part of our study, but we do
expect it to be a slow process."