Layoffs at Dassault Falcon’s Little Rock Facility

 - June 10, 2009, 1:21 PM

“The layoffs came primarily in initial engineering and design. Less affected were our main production activities such as building interiors, painting and flight test,” a Dassault Falcon spokesman told AIN in regard to the layoff of 111 workers last week from the Little Rock Completion Center. When combined with 42 more workers who took advantage of an early-out program, the losses draw down the Dassault Falcon worker base to approximately 2,100–a level equivalent to the company’s staffing early last year. “Each and every person affected by this layoff has been a valued member of our team and helped to contribute to our growth and success,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon. “While we recognize the unfortunate impact this decision has on our employees and their families, we must face the reality of today’s market conditions and the significant challenges they pose to our industry.” It has been less than two years since the company invested in a 116,000-sq-ft expansion of production, design and warehouse space.