Reports Say Roughly 77 Workers Out Of A Job
Company officials insist it's business as usual at planemaker
Sino Swearingen, manufacturer of the SJ30-2 business jet... but
following another round of layoffs at the company's facilities in
Martinsburg, WV and San Antonio, TX, some are wondering how
much longer that will be the case.
Sino spokesman Mark Fairchild confirmed news of the layoffs, but
wouldn't say how many employees were given the ax.
"We’ve had some restrictions throughout the company,"
Fairchild told the Martinsburg Journal on Friday. "We’re
trying to get streamlined."
That number hovers around 77, reports two West Virginia
newspapers, with around 43 workers fired at the Martinsburg plant.
The facility manufacturers body components -- including the
fuselage, wings, and tail assemblies; the company's assembly plant
and headquarters are in San Antonio.
The news comes after reports surfaced in June the Taiwanese
government -- the majority shareholder in the planemaker -- failed
in its last two attempts to secure new investors for the Sino
Swearingen Aircraft Corporation (SSAC), once in October 2006 and
the second this past May.
The government made one last attempt to gain investors, but so
far no one has stepped forward to take over the planemaker.
Fairchild says Taiwan's Aerospace Industry Development Corporation
is still mulling over the possibility of remaining an investor in
Fairchild adds the Martinsburg plant remains in operation... but
would not say how many people are still working there. The
spokesman denied rumors either facility was in danger of closing,
but admitted some manufacturing work could be moved to Taiwan.
"Some detailed parts might go to Tawain," he admitted. "The
Taiwanese have funded the program for quite some time.
They’ve put in over $600 million and this might be a way to
give back some money and jobs."
As ANN reported, about 100
Sino workers in San Antonio were laid off last August; another 38
layoffs came from Martinsburg.