Hawker Beechcraft to lay off 490 workers

November 4, 2008

Not long after CEO Jim Schuster warned of difficult times ahead, he has sent a letter to employees warning that 5 percent of the company’s 9,800 employees worldwide will be laid off, according to reports by the Associated Press and The Wichita Eagle.

The cuts affect both hourly and salaried workers, and will be made soon. The company has just settled a strike that resulted in fewer deliveries than expected and a third-quarter reduction in revenue of $87.7 million, compared to the same quarter of 2007.

The Wichita Eagle reported that Hawker Beechcraft is scaling back its forecasts and market expectations to reflect the “…uncertainty emerging worldwide.” The company will also build cash reserves, reduce inventory, defer capital spending, and eliminate employees found to be “underachievers.”