Scope Of Layoffs Not Yet Known
...And the hits just keep coming. Cessna told its employees
Monday it will cut 2,000 additional jobs throughout its facilities,
putting a number to
its announcement last week of a second round of
The Associated Press reports Jim Walters, head of human
resources for the company, announced the cuts in an email sent
throughout Cessna's network.
"These actions are regrettable, but necessary to ensure our
long-term stability and success," Walters wrote. "As always, we
remain committed to keep you informed of the processes and next
steps as we work through this difficult time."
Company spokesman Robert Stangarone said workers will receive
60-day notices over the next few weeks, with the layoffs effective
in March. The planemaker will also make a second request to its
workers to accept voluntary layoff programs.
"These are particularly difficult times and it is very painful
to lose so many great team members, and unfortunately we must take
these steps to protect the future of our company," Stangarone
The AP notes Cessna currently employs 12,000 people in Wichita,
with an additional 1,300 employees at its Independence, KS plant
and more at facilities in Columbus, GA and Bend, OR. Cessna also
has a facility in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Stangarone couldn't comment on the distribution of the layoffs.
"Right now we are just saying across Cessna. We are not being any
more specific than that.
"Anybody who is in Wichita certainly sees what is happening with
the economy and industry," Stangarone added. "They are pretty well
aware of the situation we are in."