Boeing to close Arkansas facility

Boeing has announced that it will cease operations at its facility located in Melbourne, Arkansas. The company expects to complete the closure of the facility in the second quarter of this year.

The reasons cited for the decision to close the operations were the lack of enough work to sustain the 103 employees based there, the expiration of a key contract supporting the US Navy's E-6 Program and the limited potential for future business. Boeing will transfer the remaining work performed at the Melbourne facility to its operations in Salt Lake City.

The Melbourne facility has been running since 1966 and serves as a repair station for MD and -700 series Boeing doors and flight controls, providing maintenance, repair and overhaul services.