Cessna Layoffs

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Cessna will be making further work force reductions at its Wichita plants.

Those layoffs are expected to start after the first of the year, but the exact date hasn't been given.

The number of layoffs aren't being announced at this time. But an internal company memo obtained by KAKE News says those affected workers will be given 60 day notices, which sounds like Cessna is going by the Federal WARN Act.

Usually the WARN Act is triggered by layoffs numbering 500 in a 90 day period, but a Cessna official cautions us not to read too much into that.

Cessna spokeswoman Jessica Myers says the company is still adjusting their production rates.

She says Cessna won't know how many employees and what job types will be reduced until production schedules are determined for next year.

No layoffs are scheduled for the rest of this year.

Cessna chairman Russ Meyer told employees: "this is not the type of news we had hoped to share with you as we approach the holiday season. However, we believe you should be informed as soon as possible."

Meyer says despite the current economic softness, there is good reason to be optimistic about 2004 and beyond.

However in the meantime, Cessna will be dealing with more layoffs.

Cessna was the last of the four local plane makers to make layoffs with their first layoff of 400 just over a month ago.

And though sources tell KAKE News there could be as many as 600 laid off, Cessna says it doesn't know yet how many layoffs are coming.

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