Hawker Beechcraft plans to furlough employees who work on final assembly of Premier 1A and Hawker 4000 business jets inside Plant IV because of a shortage of composite material.
The furloughs will be held on a rolling basis over the next 30 to 60 days, said spokeswoman Nicole Alexander. The length of the furloughs will range from 30 to 45 days.
Employees working on the planes in Plant 3, where Viper machines wind the composite barrels, have already been on furlough because of the material shortages.
“We have to synchronize our production accordingly,” Alexander said.
Increases in production of commercial and military programs have placed higher demand on composite material suppliers, Alexander said.