125 Hawker Beechcraft Employees Get Layoff Notices

By: AP - Posted by Giang Nguyen
By: AP - Posted by Giang Nguyen

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Hawker Beechcraft has announced another round of layoffs, this one affecting about 125 workers.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/N7oPly ) reported that a letter to staff Friday said the layoffs come amid a ``challenging and rapidly changing environment.'' Company officials wrote that they'll continue to evaluate the company's operations and ``initiate reductions in force and implement furloughs'' when deemed appropriate.

The Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer filed for bankruptcy protection in May. Hawker Beechcraft Corp. has struggled with the sluggish business jet market more than other plane makers because it was purchased in a highly-leveraged deal at the peak of the general aviation market. Soon afterward, the market tanked.

Those receiving the notices are hourly and non-hourly employees spread across several areas of the Wichita campus.

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