Textron Aviation To Cut 575 Jobs In Kansas

Apr 23, 2014

A Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft. Beechcraft was acquired by Textron Aviation in March for $1.4 billion.
Credit D. Miller / Flickr / Creative Commons

A total of 750 employees of the newly created Textron Aviation were told on Wednesday morning that they are to be laid off. The announcement came in the form of letters sent to employees. The bulk of the cuts—575—will be to salaried and hourly employees currently working in Wichita and Independence, Kan. The layoffs will take place over the next 60 days.

This decision was not unexpected – after Textron Inc. acquired Beechcraft for $1.4 billion last month, the company formed Textron Aviation, which includes Cessna. Textron Aviation is now consolidating the two companies.

In the letter Textron Aviation cited “redundancies in their global workforce” for the decision.

It also stated that the cuts will come in many areas, “spanning from management to non-management levels.”

The company stated that any additional information outside of the employee-addressed letters would not be available.

Textron Inc. is based in Providence, R.I. and currently employs approximately 32,000 employees, according to its website.

A copy of the letter sent to 750 Textron Aviation employees is below.