Wed, Apr 15, 2009
Falling Production Rates Will Further Impact Jobs
More layoffs are on the way for
workers at Hawker Beechcraft, new company CEO William Boisture Jr.
In memo sent to workers Tuesday, and obtained by the Wichita
Eagle, Boisture writes that further 'work force reductions' will be
announced in coming weeks, affecting all pay grades
"No one could have predicted the rapid downturn in the global
economy that began last October, nor its very direct impact on the
general and business aviation industry," Boisture wrote. "As we
begin the second quarter of 2009, we see further erosion of the
economy, increasing uncertainty in the marketplace and a continued
decline in consumer demand for new aircraft, services and
"Preserving our future unfortunately requires taking painful
actions now," he added.
As ANN reported, Boisture succeeded former CEO
Jim Schuster on March 23. Prior to that date, Hawker Beech had gone
through two previous rounds of layoffs since November 2008,
affecting nearly 2,800 out of 9,780 jobs
Boisture did not elaborate on how many jobs would be cut this
time around. Company spokeswoman Nicole Alexander also declined to
comment past what was outlined in the memo.
The Eagle reports in the past six month, the three major general
aviation manufacturers in Wichita -- Hawker Beechcraft, Cessna and
Bombardier Learjet -- have culled over 7,500 jobs from their
combined ranks... and
a new round of layoffs is expected soon at
Cessna, as well.
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