Hawker Beechcraft announces more Wichita layoffs

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Hawker Beechcraft has announced layoffs for the second time in three weeks, this time affecting 150 employees at its Wichita aircraft plant.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/IJOVsT) the latest cuts will reduce the aircraft maker's total employment in Wichita to 4,200 people.

Hawker Beechcraft announced on April 23 that it was giving 60-day layoff notices to about 350 employees — mostly hourly workers — at the Wichita plant as it adjusted production.

The company says the 60-day notices issued Friday went to hourly and non-hourly employees in several departments.

In a statement, Hawker Beechcraft's top executive said the latest cuts result from market conditions and a need to adjust production schedules — not from last week's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

Information from: The Wichita Eagle, http://www.kansas.com


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