Recent Layoffs Hit Wichita Area Hard

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Recent Layoffs Hit Wichita Area Hard

Raytheon Cuts 220 Jobs From Turboprop Line ...

Raytheon Logo Raytheon Aircraft Co. told employees in late October that it will lay off another 220 workers by the end of the year. A weakened economy and plans to reduce production rates were cited as the cause of this additional round of job cuts. The layoffs affect hourly and salaried employees and bring to more than 2,200 the number of cuts at Raytheon in the past year and a half. The reductions include 25 employees at Raytheon Aircraft's wing production facility in Salina and primarily are affecting Raytheon's turboprop line. In recent weeks, Raytheon said it planned to reduce the number of planes it will build and deliver next year. The company now plans to deliver 339 aircraft in 2003, down from the 356 planes it expects to ship this year. Two of the largest declines are in the company's Beechjet and King Air models. Raytheon Aircraft also plans to deliver 75 King Airs next year, down from 83 this year; and it projects it will deliver 18 Beechjets next year, down from 25 this year. While the company will ship 12 Beech 1900D commuter aircraft, that figure will drop to one next year.

... While Other Companies Follow Suit

The layoffs bring to more than 9,000 the number of Wichita aerospace manufacturing jobs lost in the past 18 months to layoffs or voluntary separation. Boeing has already laid off most of the 5,200 workers it announced it would cut in Wichita by the end of the year -- those cuts are part of more than 30,000 layoffs company-wide after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Bombardier Aerospace laid off 875 workers and also plans to lay off another 50 workers by the end of the year and furlough another 500 for several months as it temporarily halts production of Learjet 45 and Learjet 60 business jets. Cessna cut 400 jobs last month and approved early retirement or voluntary separation packages for another 400 employees.