Hawker Beechcraft Warns Employees Of 350 Layoffs

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft says it has given 60-day layoff notices to about 350 workers at its plant in Wichita.

Monday's letter from CEO Steve Miller and Chairman Bill Boisture tells employees that market conditions require adjusting production to ensure the company remains competitive.

Hawker Beechcraft committed in 2010 to keeping its aircraft operations in Kansas for 10 years as part of a $45 million deal with state and local officials. The company agreed to maintain current aircraft lines and keep at least 4,000 jobs in Kansas until 2020.

The company says even with the planned layoffs, it remains in compliance with the agreement.

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