Monday, April 23, 2012
On Monday, Hawker Beechcraft announced a new round of layoffs at its Wichita plant, issuing WARN notices to 350 workers that they will lose their jobs in 60 days.
Company leaders say market conditions have forced them to resize their workforce. They declined to comment on the specific production lines that will be affected by the layoffs.
Hawker employs approximately 4,700 workers at their Wichita plant. Officials say after the layoffs are complete, the employment level will still be above the 4,000-worker threshold set by the state and local governments in their package of incentives to keep Hawker in Wichita.
Letter to Hawker Employees from HBC CEO Steve Miller and Chairman Bill Boisture:
Fellow Hawker Beechcraft Employees:
We continue to manage our way through a challenging and rapidly changing environment while implementing transformations across our company. While we have experienced success with our transformation, market conditions are requiring us to adjust our overall production cadence to help ensure the company will compete effectively in the future.
We are in the process of synchronizing our production line by making changes to previously planned schedules and resizing our work force. The necessary reductions will impact approximately 350 employees in several areas of Operations in Wichita. Affected employees are receiving a 60-day Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) today.
This remains a difficult, unprecedented time for our company, our employees and our industry. I ask that we all uphold our pattern of respect and care for our impacted colleagues, and remain focused on our jobs as we carry on our effort to become a smaller, more agile company that will remain competitive in the future.