Starting next year, Boeing will move its C-130 Avionics Modernization Program and it’s B-1 bomber modernization program to Oklahoma City. These two defense programs currently employ about 800 people in Long Beach, California. The move is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012.

Just six months ago, Northrop Grumman announced plans to move its headquarters to the Washington, D.C., area from Los Angeles, where the company has been since it was founded in 1939.

The jobs being moved are mostly engineering positions, and some Long Beach employees will be offered the opportunity to relocate, but other positions will be hired locally in Oklahoma City, Boeing said.

Boeing already has 250 people working on the B-1 bomber modernization in Oklahoma City. It is expected that Oklahoma City will offer incentives to the company to make the move.

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