Aircraft Cutbacks Trickling down to Kansas Suppliers

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Production cutbacks at Wichita's major aircraft manufacturers are rippling through machine shops and suppliers.

Cessna Aircraft Co., Hawker Beechcraft Corp. and Bombardier Aircraft have all announced cutbacks as customers defer or cancel plane orders amid the economic meltdown.

That means less work for suppliers. Many also have cut jobs and reduced work weeks.

One such supplier is Cox Machine, which cut jobs and changed its workweek to four 10-hour days late last year.

The chief technology officer, Jason Cox, says the company is watching production schedules, trying to ride the downturn while
working on other projects.


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