Change in the wind for Bombardier Wichita?
While Bombardier’s Wichita Learjet facility remains idle until next month during a planned, but unprecedented, four-month plant shutdown, company managers and machinists union representatives are “talking” about how to reduce production costs. According to a Bombardier spokesman, the Wichita facility ranks dead last in cost efficiency out of the company’s six aerospace manufacturing plants. A cost-reduction drive could possibly include closing one plant. Work at the Wichita plant has changed dramatically over the past few years. Starting with the Learjet 45, the facility has become more of a final assembly plant than a full-blown aircraft factory. The only indigenous model at the Wichita facility is the Learjet 60.