By Jennifer Searle & The Associated Press
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
7:11 PM CST, November 7, 2012
Hawker Beechcraft is laying off more employees. The company made the announcement late Wednesday afternoon.
The company says 240 employees will lose their jobs with the closing of Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; and San Antonio, Texas.
It also plans to cut a total of 170 jobs at its Wichita headquarters and at its completion center in Little Rock. More than half of the jobs being elimianted are in Arkansas, however the planemaker refused to release an exact number.
Hawker Beechcraft says the moves are in line with plans to emerge from bankruptcy as a standalone company. It says the closures and layoffs will help with its plan to focus on turboprop, piston and military aircraft and on its parts and maintenance business.
Affected employees in Wichita will be notified Friday. The others will be told next week.
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