The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 30, 2013

Hawker Beechcraft Kansas employment falls to 3,372


From The Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. — Hawker Beechcraft says its total Kansas employment has fallen below the level required by incentive agreements for state and local incentives.

The aircraft maker said Wednesday it had 3,372 employees in Kansas as of Dec. 31 and is currently trying to fill more than 65 open positions in Wichita.

Hawker Beechcraft was granted $45 million worth of incentives in December 2010 based on a commitment to keep 4,000 people employed in Kansas over 10 years.

Cash payments from the incentives aren’t reduced unless the workforce falls below 3,600. The company says this year’s payment will be reduced according to that agreement.

Chairman Bill Boisture says in a news release the company remains committed to being successful in Wichita.

Hawker Beechcraft has more than 5,400 employees worldwide.