Boeing: Breaking the Line

Without a Pentagon commitment to fund the $200 million airplanes, the aerospace giant will be forced to shut operations

Boeing (BA) is expected to send out notices to suppliers on Friday telling them to stop producing certain parts for the C-17, the big-bellied Air Force transporter that hauls troops, tanks, and supplies to hot spots around the globe, BusinessWeek has learned. Notices would go first to those suppliers who make the parts with the longest lead times, such as landing gear. This would mark the first step to a permanent shutdown of the assembly line and tens of thousands of lost jobs.

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