Cessna officials report that production of its Mustang light jet has been suspended since May 17, and that the shutdown at the Mustang’s assembly plant in Independence, Kan., will continue until the first week of July.
The suspension was prompted by flooding at a supplier’s Rhode Island facility. Cessna would not reveal the name of the supplier or the affected parts. The shutdown prompted the furloughing of 200 workers.
The shutdown overlaps a planned annual production shutdown that also occurs in the first week of July. No other Cessna aircraft are affected by the interruption of parts, said Doug Oliver, Cessna’s director of corporate communications. Meanwhile, Oliver said, Mustangs are still being delivered to customers. In 2009, Cessna delivered 125 Mustangs; in the first quarter of 2010, 21 Mustangs were delivered. That makes the Mustang Cessna’s best-selling business jet.