Hawker Beechcraft to close Little Rock facility

WICHITA, Kan. (KATV) - Hawker Beechcraft's CEO and Chairman told employees in a letter Wednesday they plan to begin the process of closing their facilities in Little Rock, Mesa, Ariz., and San Antonio, Texas.

Around 240 employees total at those locations will be affected. About 170 at Little Rock's completions center and in Wichita, Kan., will be laid off. Affected employees in Little Rock will be notified on Monday.

The letter said in part, "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."

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