Hawker Beechcraft to close 3 facilities, cut jobs

Hawker Beechcraft to close plants in Arkansas, Texas, Arizona, cut more jobs

Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Wichita-based airplane maker Hawker Beechcraft says it's closing facilities in three states and laying off more workers in Kansas.

The company said Wednesday that 240 employees will lose their jobs with the closing of Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; and San Antonio, Texas.

It also plans to cut a total of 170 jobs at its Wichita headquarters and at its completion center in Little Rock.

Hawker Beechcraft says the moves are in line with plans to emerge from bankruptcy as a standalone company. It says the closures and layoffs will help with its plan to focus on turboprop, piston and military aircraft and on its parts and maintenance business.

Affected employees in Wichita will be notified Friday. The others will be told next week.

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