Confirming numerous reports that have surfaced from suppliers in recent days, on Friday Eclipse Aviation announced it will cut back production of the Eclipse 500 very-light jet, cutting about 650 jobs at the planemaker´s facilities nationwide.
Eclipse says the workforce reduction is the result of an "operational excellence strategy," introduced by Acting CEO Roel Pieper at AirVenture in Oshkosh last month. The cuts amount to a 38 percent reduction in the company´s total employment ranks, and includes temporary workers and people employed less than six months.
"The reduction is an effort to achieve financial stability as soon as possible," the company said in a brief statement.
Eclipse is laying off approximately 650 employees affecting all departments and facilities, including its production facilities in Albuquerque, NM; and service centers in Gainesville, FL; and Albany, NY.
According to Aero-News.Net