More Cuts Coming at Hawker Beech, Cessna
Wichita is bracing for more job cuts at Cessna Aircraft and temporary furloughs at Hawker Beechcraft. In a letter sent on Tuesday, Hawker Beech vice president of human resources Rich Jiwanlal informed company employees about three mandatory furlough periods–June 29 to July 2, November 23 to 25 and December 21 to 24–that are “based on business needs, including product line and plant-specific requirements.” The furlough will be unpaid, unless employees use vacation time, Jiwanlal said. Hawker Beech also plans to relocate its engineering, finance and supply-chain teams at its main Wichita campus from two off-site buildings. Meanwhile, Cessna Aircraft parent Textron today in an SEC filing said, “Cessna…informed its employees that continued order cancellations and weakness in general aviation markets are forcing further revisions to its aircraft production outlook, which will result in additional reductions in Cessna’s workforce.” Textron didn’t specify how many Cessna employees will be affected or outline its latest production plans, instead saying it will update its outlook next month when it releases its second-quarter results. In late April, Cessna readjusted Citation production rates this year to 290 to 300 aircraft, down from a January adjusted 325 and far less than the 525 annual rate announced last year.