Company Shut-Downs Save Jobs, Money

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cessna workers left the plant Tuesday afternoon surprised about the company announcing more layoffs. Cessna also says there will be a two week company-wide shut down in July.

The company says it has to be done because customers are cancelling and deferring plane orders.

Other local companies, such as Case New Holland in south Wichita, have gotten creative about saving money while holding onto their skilled workers. The heavy equipment manufacturer is currently shut down due to tough economic conditions.

"They are trying to manage the real human cost because no one wants to say I'm sorry I have to let you go. So that may be a way to spread the pain instead of having winners and losers," said Wichita State Economic Development spokesman Stan Longhofer.

Longhofer says the good news is that as many of the companies are laying off workers or on temporary shut-down, they are hiring in other departments.

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