LITTLE ROCK Hawker Beechcraft announced the company will be closing three of its facilities, including its operations at Adams Field in Little Rock.
The announcement came in an open letter from Hawker Beechcraft, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Miller to the company's employees. In the letter, Miller says that the company will be laying off 240 employees total as it begins to shut down Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) locations in Little Rock, Mesa, Ariz., and San Antonio, Texas.
The letter also states that the company will be reducing its workforce by approximately 170 people between Little Rock and Wichita, Kan.
Employees that will be affected by the closures and reductions will be notified the week of Nov. 12, according to the letter.
HBS spokesperson Nicole Alexander said in an email that the company will not have any further comment beyond the letter. She added that "the company also will not be providing total employee numbers at this time, nor any specific numbers for our various locations."
"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," Miller said in the letter.
Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.