Wichita city leaders not surprised by Textron layoffs

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WICHITA, Kan. - Tony Trice worked for Beechcraft for 13 years. Today, he found out, he won't be working for the company anymore.

"You can't be angry about it because you kinda figured it was going to happen," said Trice. "Sometimes you just gotta let the dominos fall. And I was one of the ones who fell with it."

Members of Wichita's Metro Chamber of Commerce and City Council are concerned, but not surprised. They say Textron will emerge stronger from this, and so will their employees.

"They put more money back in their product development," said Jeff Blubaugh, Wichita Vice Mayor. "I think the end product down the line is going to be a more robust product, that's going to create better salesmen and in the long term, I think you're gonna see those jobs come back."

"We have not recovered from the recession and our aviation organizations have been hit very hard," said Lavonta Williams, Wichita City Council Member. "But I think Wichita is a resilient city and I'm hoping we come up with creative and innovative ways to continue to move forward."

And Tony Trice, knows he has to move on too.

"My thing is, I just gotta take care of my family," Trice said. "That's all that matters to me right now."

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