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Parkinson to announce plans for Hawker Beechcraft's future in Wichita

Gov. Mark Parkinson's office said he will be in Wichita Tuesday to announce future plans for Hawker Beechcraft.

Parkinson is scheduled to participate in an announcement at 10 a.m. with Hawker Beechcraft Chairman and CEO Bill Boisture, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn and other officials, the governor's office said in a statement this evening.

The news conference will be at the National Center for Aviation Training at Jabara Airport.

The future of the aircraft manufacturer has been in doubt since the company said in October that it plans to move part of its operations to Mexico.

Hawker Beechcraft also has received an offer to move some or all of its operations to Louisiana.

The company has been revamping its business as it cuts costs and deals with the economic downturn that began in 2008.

The company is operating under a plan called "Project Challenge," which changes the physical footprint of the company, changes supply chain relationships and transforms processes, Boisture has said.

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