Something really is the matter with Kansas this time. Namely, mass layoffs at local employer Hawker Beechcraft. Here is the Wichita Eagle with the story:
Hawker Beechcraft passed out 60-day layoff notices to 350 employees today as it synchronizes its production line “by making changes to previously planned production schedules and resizing our work force.”Whoo-boy, that's a lot of Corporate Flackspeak right there. But wait, there's more:
The company told employees of the layoffs in an early morning meeting on Monday and in a letter to employees.
“We continue to manage our way through a challenging and rapidly changing environment while implementing transformations across our company,” the letter to employees said.
“While we have experienced success with our transformation, market conditions are requiring us to adjust our overall production cadence to help ensure the company will compete effectively in the future,” it said.
“This remains a difficult, unprecedented time for our company, our employees and our industry, Boisture and Miller said in the letter. “I ask that we all uphold our pattern of respect and care for our impacted colleagues, and remain focused on our jobs as we carry on our effort to become a smaller, more agile company that will remain competitive in the future.”In other words, the shit we build our airplanes with has become too damn expensive and there ain't hardly anybody buying 'em anyway. Sometimes it helps the reader to have someone fluent in the language who can translate.
In March and April, the company began to furlough employees that work on various aircraft, including the Beechcraft King Air, Piston and Premier IA and the Hawker 4000 and 987 family, the company said in its 2011 financial report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
“These furloughs were a result of difficulty in obtaining adequate composite materials in order to continue production as well as matching production to demand,” it said.
Bonus: Not everyone can work for the county