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McDONNELL DOUGLAS TRANSFERS OPERATIONS OF DEFENSE ELECTRONICS FACILITY

 ST. LOUIS, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas has decided to transfer responsibility for the management and operation of its defense electronics facility in St. Charles, Mo., from McDonnell Douglas aerospace-West to McDonnell Douglas Aerospace-East.
 The plant, at one time known as McDonnell Douglas Electronics Co., is a 600,000-square-foot facility on Missouri Route 94 in north St. Charles.
 The decision comes after a review of the corporation's defense electronics facilities in California and Missouri.
 As part of this transfer and restructuring, some activities will stay in the St. Charles facility while other activities will move to McDonnell Douglas facilities near St. Louis Lambert International Airport.
 "We have come to a conclusion that benefits the City of St. Charles, St. Charles County and McDonnell Douglas as well," said Al Briggs, vice president production operations at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace-East. "We appreciate the support we have received from the city and county as we have gone through this decision process."
 Activities remaining in St. Charles will include the design and production of ground support equipment, such as test boxes and flight test hardware for McDonnell Douglas tactical aircraft and the guidance interface unit for the Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM) system. These activities will become part of the tactical aircraft and missiles segment of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace-East, which is based in St. Louis.
 Activities moving from St. Charles to the facilities near the St. Louis airport will include space electronics systems, and avionics design engineering activities in support of advanced cockpit systems. In addition, ground support equipment for the C-17 airlifter and avionics equipment for the C-17, tactical aircraft and commercial aircraft will be moved from St. Charles to the corporation's avionics center in Monrovia, Calif. These activities will be part of operations- west division of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace-West. The division is based in Huntington Beach, Calif.
 Of the 800 people working at the St. Charles facility, approximately 470 people will remain in St. Charles. Approximately 150 will transfer to the St. Louis facilities, and approximately 180 positions will be eliminated because of the consolidation and reduced work load. Force reductions, which will come from attrition and layoffs, will be conducted over a nine-month period that could begin as soon as this fall.
 About half of the affected employees will be union members represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
 At the beginning of the year, St. Charles electronics facility employment totaled 1,019.
 This restructuring does not involve the Harpoon/SLAM missile production facility, which is just north of the electronics facility on Route 94 in St. Charles.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Schlueter of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 314-233-6232/


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