WICHITA, KS – JANUARY 10, 2012
International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) District Lodge No. 70 President Steve Rooney is a third generation Boeing employee. His daughter was a fourth generation Boeing employee.
The city of Wichita, KS is tied closely to the aircraft industry. Over the past century, Wichita has been the home to most of the large aviation manufacturers. Some people equate Wichita and aviation to Silicon Valley and the computer chip. However, over the past three years Wichita has seen many layoffs in the aircraft sector including the most recent news by Boeing that they will be leaving the city for good after over 8 decades of doing business in the city.