The fallout of the Hawker Beechcraft bankruptcy continues to settle as Little Rock (Ark.) Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport prepares to seek a new tenant for the former Wichita OEM’s completion and MRO facilities. The Little Rock facility was shut down by the former Hawker Beechcraft (now Beechcraft) earlier this year as part of a decision to exit the business of building business jets.
Six years ago, the Little Rock operation employed approximately 600 workers focused primarily on interior completion of Hawker business jets. By the time the facility was closed, fewer than 250 workers were still employed there.
According to an airport spokesman, beginning December 1 the airport is responsible for paying for utilities and maintenance estimated at about $600,000 a year. Efforts to find a new tenant for the facility are in the preliminary phase and a request for quotes has not been released, he said. However, he added, “We want to make sure the new tenant is from the aviation industry. We’re motivated and are willing to work with the right tenant to put together a package that is desirable for them and that will provide jobs for our skilled workforce here in Little Rock.”
The complex consists of 247,500 sq ft of space, including four hangars and offices on approximately 46 acres.