Textron Aviation today announced its largest workforce reduction since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, with plans to lay off 800 employees, most of whom are in Wichita. The manufacturer of Beechcraft and Cessna aircraft also noted these layoffs will affect hourly production workers.
The action comes as the airframer “continues to adjust to the evolving global economic uncertainty and existing market conditions,” Textron said in a statement. It follows the layoff of 80 salaried employees in Wichita on July 1 and 250 employees on June 23, the majority of whom were located outside Wichita.
On June 18, parent company Textron disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing plans to eliminate 1,950 positions in three business segments: Textron Aviation, Textron Specialized Vehicles, and Tru Simulation + Training. The layoffs follow a couple of furlough actions that affected thousands of Textron Aviation workers that began in March, as well as shortened work weeks.
Before the layoffs, Textron Aviation employed nearly 10,000 in Kansas and 12,500 companywide.