Fri, Dec 11, 2009
Some Jobs Heading From Georgia To Mexico
Over 300 jobs will be cut when
Cessna closes shop in Columbus, GA, sometime in the next six to
twenty four months. The closure was announced to the local
workers on Tuesday.
According to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Cessna spokesman Doug
Oliver said some of the assembly jobs will be moving to Mexico
while others will be picked up by operations in Independence,
The plant initially employed about 600 workers when it opened
the $25 million, 100,000-sq-ft facility in August 2008. At
the time Cessna planned to add another 150 jobs to the site.
Instead, layoffs started at the site in January have steadily
decreased the workforce by half.
"No immediate jobs are impacted," Oliver told the paper. "It's a
lengthy process to transition work out of there. Once that
transition process is complete, the facility there in Columbus will
Oliver also said that other Cessna operations are "in the same
boat," as sluggish aircraft sales have translated into fewer
manufacturing jobs. As ANN reported in April, Cessna also closed a
plant in Bend, OR, where 1600 jobs were eliminated after the
suspension of the Citation Columbus program.
Asked about the specific timeline for layoffs, Oliver told the
Ledger-Enquirer "We'll be offering incentives for employees to stay
through scheduled departure dates, and there will be severance
packages at the end of that, as we have with all of the reductions
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