A little more of Hawker Beechcraft is moving out of the Air Capital of the World as Stuart B. Millner and Associates has begun auctioning off assets of three Wichita-area plants being closed by the aircraft manufacturer. The work done at these plants is being subcontracted out to vendors or moved to Hawker Beechcraft’s facilities in Mexico.
Hawker Beechcraft today announced the opening of a new $20 million facility in Chihuahua City, Mexico, where it will for the most part increase sheet-metal fabrication for King Airs and Hawkers. According to Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture, the 180,000-sq-ft building is one of two at the Chihuahua site, where a third will be added later this year.
Hawker Beechcraft and the State of Kansas announced a formal agreement on December 21 for the airframer to remain in Wichita for the next decade.
Hawker Beechcraft and the state of Kansas reached an agreement late last month that will keep the airframer in Wichita for at least the next decade.
Hawker Beechcraft has reached a formal agreement with the state of Kansas that the Wichita OEM says provides a “significant” incentive for “the company to maintain its presence in Wichita over the next 10 years.” The state’s incentive package requires Hawker Beechcraft to maintain its current product lines in Wichita and retain at least 4,000 jobs over the next 10 years.
In a letter to Hawker Beechcraft employees on October 22, chairman and CEO Bill Boisture laid out plans for the Wichita OEM’s latest employee cuts, which will affect both salaried employees and management.
Despite a recommendation by the International Association of Machinists executive council to approve the contract offered by Hawker Beechcraft, 55 percent of members voted to reject the proposal last month. A strike vote was not authorized. The current contract remains in effect until it expires in August next year, and negotiations are not likely to reopen before then.
World-class aviation and aerospace training joined world-class research, design, testing and manufacturing in a ceremony Tuesday at the Wichita State University National Institute for Aviation Research booth (No. 1107).
Wichita-based Hawker Beechcraft and the machinists union that represents its production workers agreed to reopen contract negotiations tomorrow, with a membership vote now scheduled for October 16, a union spokesman said. This comes on the heels of an agreement reached on Tuesday evening by the company, the union and Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson that would keep the “vast majority” of Hawker Beechcraft jobs in Wichita.
Wichita, which bills itself as the Air Capital of the World, is the leading U.S. city with respect to exports driving gross metropolitan product, according to a Brookings Institute study. Thanks mostly to Bombardier Learjet, Cessna Aircraft and Hawker Beechcraft, the city's "aviation cluster" is its main source of exports.