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Boeing, US defence and aerospace giant announced on Tuesday several steps that will eventually lead to consolidation of its defence and space business by 2020.

One such decision was to cut nearly 500 jobs over a period of four years. It also announced of its plans to shut down plants in El Paso, Texas, and Newington, Virginia. But workers and equipment from the closed down sites will move to facilities in St. Louis, Los Angeles County and Huntsville, Alabama.

"In order to push ourselves farther and win more business, we need to make the most of our resources and talent. These steps will help us be a stronger partner for our customers worldwide," said Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing's defence, space and security business, Defence News reported.

The consolidation process might lead to 500 employees losing jobs. But several jobs will be moved over to other places within Boeing. The report said that jobs about 1,600 from Huntington Beach, California will be moved to Boeing facilities in El Segundo, Long Beach and Seal Beach in Southern California. Additionally, the 500 workers will be added to St. Louis site and 400 positions to Huntsville. The Tukwila facility will get positions from Kent, Washington.

Boeing has not decided what programs are likely to relocated to Huntsville, St. Louis or the Southern California facilities.