Hawker Beechcraft’s agreement to stay in Wichita is contingent on the company keeping at least 4,000 jobs in the city. As of last week, the company had about 5,000 employees in the city.
Hawker Beechcraft had already announced plans to close two plants in Wichita and move operations to outside suppliers and to Mexico. That move it to be completed by August, and it includes about 13-hundred workers. So the company may be approaching its job floor by the middle of next year.
The state and local government commitment is 45 million dollars over the next ten years. Of course, the hope is that people will start buying Hawker Beechcraft planes again and employment could ramp up to five or six thousand … or maybe more … over the next few years.
We continue to wait for the Great Recession to end … continue to hope for more jobs in the general economy and here in Kansas.
Patience, everyone … patience ….
Our thought for today is from William Shakespeare:
“How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees.”