Governor Mark Parkinson says the state has reached a tentative agreement to keep the vast majority of Hawker Beechcraft in Wichita.
The package agreement is contingent on successful contract negotiations with the Machinists union, which are set to resume.
The following is a statement from Governor Parkinson regarding the future of Hawker Beechcraft in Wichita:
"I am pleased to announce that we have an agreement in principle among the three parties - the state, the union and Hawker Beechcraft - that could secure Hawker Beechcraft's future presence in Wichita.
"We have an agreement in principle that allows the union and the company to resume their contract negotiations. The state has offered, and Hawker Beechcraft has accepted, an incentive package for product development, workforce training and tuition reimbursement for Hawker Beechcraft and its employees in Wichita. This agreement is contingent upon successful conclusion of a new long-term labor agreement between the union and the company.
"With this offer, I am glad to report that the company and the union can resume their contract negotiations knowing the state's commitment."
October 5, 2010
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson is meeting with the chief executive officer of Hawker Beechcraft over concerns that some or all of the aviation company may leave the state.
Hawker Beechcraft, based in Wichita, is considering a proposal from Louisiana to relocate to the Gulf state. The general aviation firm employs about 6,000 workers in Wichita.
The meeting began late Tuesday in Topeka, with Parkinson expected to issue a statement after its conclusion. The state's commerce secretary also was in the meeting.
Last week, a machinist union leader said contract talks with Hawker Beechcraft were suspended while the company considered the offer. Union officials were expected to be part of the discussion Tuesday with Parkinson.
Hawker Beechcraft President and CEO Bill Boisture and Rich Michalski, General Vice President for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, will join Governor Parkinson for a media availability, Tuesday evening regarding the presence of Hawker Beechcraft in Wichita.
The Associated Press contributed to this story