Raytheon Sells Rockford FBO

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Raytheon Aircraft Services announced it will sell its Rockford, Ill., fixed-base operation to Emery Air Inc., its neighbor at the Greater Rockford Airport. Emery says it will retain most of the 43 Raytheon employees and will remain an authorized service center for several Raytheon aircraft, including the King Air, Baron, Bonanza and Hawker 400XP. Raytheon is also examining the possibility of outsourcing plastics work at its plant in Salina, Kan. The Salina plant employs about 350 people and 60 to 70 people work in the plastics area. The company is also reviewing whether to send production of wire harnesses from its Wichita plant to a company in Mexico. It's all part of a plan to concentrate on final assembly of the aircraft and subcontract smaller work. The transition should be complete by 2006.