December 12, 2006 - 9:07am

As Canadian conglomerate Onex prepared for its historic buy of Boeing’s commercial subassembly plants in the midwestern U.S., 9,300 employees at Boeing sites in Wichita, Kansas, and Tulsa and McAlester, Oklahoma, understandably felt a nagging unease over their futures. But unlike  so many other deals in which the buyers set out to consolidate and “rightsize” their acquisition targets, this one, at least on the surface, looks less threatening.