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Hawker Beechcraft legal notice confused some employees, retirees

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at 6:57 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at 6:03 a.m.

Hawker Beechcraft retirees and employees received notice in the mail recently regarding filing a proof of claim in the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

The notice is required by law, because the parties have an interest in the case and therefore are potential creditors, the company said.

But that doesn’t mean that they need to each file a claim to protect those interests, the company told its employees in an e-mail Tuesday.

The notices sent to pension and retirement program participants were confusing, said Wendell Turner, who retired 16 years ago after working 40 years for the company.

“None of the retirees including myself have a clue what, if anything, we are supposed to do,” Turner told the Eagle.

The company plans to follow up with additional information in the next few weeks, said Hawker Beechcraft spokeswoman Nicole Alexander.

“We intend to provide you with further information over the next few weeks in an effort to help you understand the Chapter 11 claims process and what actions, if any, you should take prior to the Sept. 14, 2012, deadline for filing proofs of claim,” the company’s e-mail to employees said.

Retirees and employees received the notices in the mail. One was entitled “Notice of Deadline Requiring Submissions of Proofs of Claim on or Before September 14, 2012,” and another included the heading “Related Procedures for Submitting Proofs of Claim in the Above Captioned Chapter 11 Cases.” Included in the mailing was a proof of claim form.

Hawker Beechcraft filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 3.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com.

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