Textron Aviation lays off more workers

Textron Aviation’s West Campus near K-42 and Hoover. (Sept. 22, 2016)
Textron Aviation’s West Campus near K-42 and Hoover. (Sept. 22, 2016) File photo

Textron Aviation has laid off workers for the second time in as many months.

The layoffs occurred Thursday.

Textron Aviation spokeswoman Rosa Lee Argotsinger said in an e-mail to The Eagle on Friday that the company would not provide additional information, including how many people were laid off or where.

“In line with the actions previously announced, Textron Aviation is taking action to streamline our business through workforce reductions in order to improve our overall operating efficiency,” Argotsinger said in the e-mail.

Besides three campuses in Wichita where the company manufactures Cessna Citation business jets and Beechcraft piston and turboprop airplanes as well as the new Scorpion tactical jet, the company also operates a plant in Independence.

Textron Aviation does not routinely disclose how many employees it has in Wichita. The company said last December that it had about 9,000 employees in the state.

In the Oct. 13 layoff, the company had characterized the number of workers affected as small.

The most recent layoffs come despite higher aircraft deliveries and billings at Cessna in the third quarter of 2016, and flat deliveries but higher billings at Beechcraft.

In September, Textron Aviation said it was offering early retirement to some workers and closing company-owned service centers in Atlanta and New Castle, Del., in a bid to be more efficient.

The actions followed an announcement by its Rhode Island-based parent, Textron Inc., that it would restructure some units in its Textron Systems and Textron Industrial businesses that included cutting jobs and combine some facilities and operations.

Textron AirLand's $20 million Scorpion (courtesy of Textron Aviation)

The first flight of Textron Aviation's Citation Longitude super-midsize jet comes less than a year after the company unveiled new details for the aircraft. (Oct. 8, 2016)

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark