NEW YORK Aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft Inc. said it will close three of its locations in the United States and lay off more than 400 employees as it looks to cut costs ahead of its proposed emergence from bankruptcy as a standalone company renamed Beechcraft Corp.
Locations slated to shut their doors include service facilities in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; and San Antonio, Texas, affecting about 240 employees, a Nov. 7 letter to employees said. About 170 additional Hawker Beechcraft Corp. employees will be laid off in Wichita, Kan. and Little Rock, the company said.
The layoffs are part of Wichita-based Hawkers reassessment of its costs and operations six months after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May.
"While extremely difficult decisions, these closures and reductions in force will get the company closer to what we envision for our go-forward plan that focuses on turboprop, piston, special mission and trainer/attack aircraft, as well as our parts, maintenance, repairs and refurbishment businesses," the letter said.