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Bombardier starts job cuts quickly in Wichita

Bombardier Learjet visitors check out the Model 85 fuselage at the Wichita plant in 2015. According to a Kansas jobs website on Thursday, 120 Bombardier workers in Wichita were laid off Wednesday.
Bombardier Learjet visitors check out the Model 85 fuselage at the Wichita plant in 2015. According to a Kansas jobs website on Thursday, 120 Bombardier workers in Wichita were laid off Wednesday. File photo

Job cuts at Bombardier’s Wichita facilities began on the same day the Canadian-based plane and train maker announced broader layoffs.

According to a Kansas jobs website on Thursday, 120 workers in Wichita were laid off Wednesday. That’s the same day Bombardier announced 7,000 cuts to its company-wide workforce, including 220 in Wichita, that it said would occur over the next two years.

The Montreal-based company announced the job cuts along with its 2015 earnings announcement. Bombardier has been hobbled by delays and rising costs with its new C Series airliner program, and slumping demand for its large-cabin business jets.

A Bombardier spokeswoman said Thursday that the job cuts in Wichita were expected to affect 150 workers at Bombardier Business Aircraft, which includes its Learjet plant, with the remaining 70 cuts to come “from various other segments” of its local operations, which include a flight test center and a business aircraft service center.

She said she didn’t know when the remaining 100 job cuts in Wichita would be made, or if they would be done all at once.

Once complete, the job cuts will leave Bombardier with 1,430 employees in Wichita.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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