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
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.