Wichita Plane Maker Details More Layoffs

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Hawker Beechcraft Corp. says 2,300 more workers will lose their jobs before the end of the year.

The Wichita-based planemaker says most laid off workers will be notified about their jobs by Friday.

Chief Executive Officer Jim Schuster says in a letter to employees that the company is facing declining orders and deliveries and several other new challenges. He says the government's stimulus package has failed to sufficiently loosen credit markets vital to its success.

Nearly 500 Hawker Beechcraft workers lost their jobs late last year.

Hawker Beechcraft had about 9,800 employees, including about 7,000 at its Wichita plant, when it announced its first round of layoffs last year. The company also has operations in Salina, Kan., Arkansas, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

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