December 10, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
Cessna will phase out its one plant in Columbus, Ga., during the next two years, moving the work to Independence, Kan., and Mexico.
The Georgia plant has been operated by Cessna since 1996 when it had 600 workers, but that total has dropped to 315. It has been operating in two of its original three buildings. The phase-out does not begin until mid-2010.
In addition, Cessna is moving subassembly work out of Wichita in a move that affects 175 workers. The company hopes to move the workers to other areas if possible. The subassembly work in southwest Wichita includes components, subassemblies, and sheet-metal work. There is also work done there on McCauley propellers.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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