Hawker Beechcraft Cutting Work Force

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft says it will lay off about 490 workers in the next few days in expectation of lower plane deliveries.

Spokesman Andrew Broom says the Wichita-based company sent letters about the cuts to employees on Saturday.

Chief executive officer James Schuster says in the letter that the company plans to cut 5 percent of its work force.

Hawker Beechcraft has about 9,800 employees worldwide, including
about 7,000 at the Wichita plant. The cuts will affect hourly and salaried workers alike.

There's no word yet on how many of the cuts will be made in Kansas.

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