Raytheon Migrating Work To Mexico

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Wiring Jobs Head South…

The growing trend to outsource American jobs is also gaining popularity in the aerospace market. On Nov. 7, 350 Raytheon Aircraft Co workers in Wichita learned their jobs were heading south of the border to Mexico. Officials at Raytheon's wire harness division in east Wichita announced it would transfer the wiring work to Labinal Inc.' s division in Pryor, Okla. However, most of the work will be done at Aerotec de Mexico, Labinal's subsidiary in Chihuahua, Mexico. The first job cuts will begin early next year and run through 2004. Paris-based Labinal is a multinational corporation that supplies wiring systems and engineering services to the aerospace industry. The decision to move the work “was an extremely difficult one,” said Raytheon Aircraft spokeswoman Jackie Berger. "As we try to turn around the company and secure jobs for the majority of the people for the future, there are some very difficult decisions we have to make along the way," she added. Will this move help the struggling manufacturer, which claims it has lost more than $1 billion in the past three years? Some don’t think so.