Hawker Beechcraft will close its Salina plant and move the work, the company is informing employees today.
“We were informed today that the decision has been made to close the Salina facility,” Machinists union District 70 president Steve Rooney said this morning. “The union will be in discussions with the company to see if there’s things we can do to help save and preserve jobs in Kansas.”
A timeline is not known, Rooney said.
The union wants to meet with the company to determine the possibility of moving a significant number of the jobs to Wichita, Rooney said.
Hawker Beechcraft employs about 240 people in Salina, down from about 500 a year ago. The plant builds wings, spar assemblies and other subassemblies.
Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture said in an interview last month that the company likely would close the plant and move the work to Wichita.
A news conference has been scheduled at the Salina Airport Authority’s terminal building today at 1:30 p.m. Tim Rogers, the airport’s executive director will address the media on behalf of the City of Salina, Saline County, Salina Area Chamber of Commerce and the Salina Airport Authority.
by Molly McMillin