Friday, June 29, 2012
Hawker Beechcraft has announced their decision to reduce their staff by another 125 positions, bringing the number of workers laid off under Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring to a total of 625.
The employees received 60-day WARN notices on Friday. Those notices went out to both hourly and non-hourly workers in several areas of the company's Wichita facility.
Hawker previously announced it planned to layoff 500 Wichita workers. Before the layoffs, the company employed approximately 4,700 workers at their Wichita plant. They must maintain a 4,000-worker threshold set by the state and local governments in their package of incentives to keep Hawker in Wichita.
Hawker CEO Bill Boisture issued the following letter to employees:
June 29, 2012
Fellow Hawker Beechcraft Employees:
We continue to focus on operating the business in the normal course and being good stewards of our cash by balancing our production rate with the challenging and rapidly changing environment we continue to face. As a result, today we are issuing 60-day WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notices to approximately 125 hourly and non-hourly employees throughout several areas of the company on HBC’s Wichita campus.
As we have communicated with you previously, this is an ongoing evaluation, and we will initiate reductions in force and implement furloughs as we see appropriate. We understand the distraction and interruption these announcements may cause. We encourage you to remain focused on your job, creating a safe work environment as we position the company to remain competitive in the future.
We will continue communicating with you regarding news affecting the company and our employees.
Steve Miller Bill Boisture
Hawker Beechcraft, Inc. Hawker Beechcraft Corporate