Thursday, August 2, 2012
Layoff notices have been sent to dozens of Hawker Beechcraft employees at the company's facility in Arkansas.
In a letter sent to employees Thursday, executives said 170 workers will receive Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications. The layoffs affect hourly and non-hourly employees across multiple levels.
Bill Boisture, Hawker chairman and president, and Steve Miller, CEO, said the company has been working to resize its operations in Wichita. But they said additional challenges forced the company to make further cuts in Little Rock.
Hawker currently employs about 450 workers in Little Rock.
The news comes pending a $1.79 billion sale with Chinese aviation company, Superior Aviation Beijing Co., Ltd. The machinists union for Hawker is trying to block the proposed sale.
Hawker also filed for bankruptcy protection in May.