Updated:EVERETT, Wash. —
Boeing announced Friday it is establishing new centers for engineering design, propulsion and out-of-production airplane support in South Carolina and southern California.
The company plans to move its engineering operations for jets that are out of production from Tukwila to Long Beach, Calif.
The move, which could happen as soon as the end of this year, will shift hundreds of jobs.
The new South Carolina design center will be used to work on future jets starting with the new Boeing 737-MAX.
Previously, all such work had been done in Western Washington.
Boeing also announced plans to perhaps open another design center in Kiev, Ukraine.
Boeing said the engineering centers support Boeing's business from product development through design, production and support.
"Our opportunity for future growth is unprecedented and this helps us be more competitive by building on our team's talent and capability – across Boeing, the United States and around the world," said Mike Delaney, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of engineering.