WICHITA — Usually when managers gather employees for news, it’s to share official word from the top of an organization, such as a CEO or general manager.
That wasn’t the case at Hawker Beechcraft Thursday.
The company and union planned a 2 p.m. joint announcement to tell employees that Plant 1 will remain open rather than close as previously announced.
Instead, intrepid aviation reporter Molly McMillin broke the news just before 8 a.m. that hundreds of jobs would be saved.
That sped up the timetable of talking to employees. The kicker, though, is managers didn’t yet have the official company letter to read to employees about the change.
So what did they read instead?
Molly’s story, of course.