With production levels of the Eclipse 500 lower than anticipated, Eclipse Aviation last week reduced its work force to match reality. The company had staffed for a production rate higher than the one aircraft a day it has been able to achieve so far.
Eclipse Director of Public Relations Andrew Broom would not disclose an exact number but did say fewer than 150 were let go. Many were temporary workers whose assignments had been terminated. Broom said a small number of direct Eclipse employees were let go, some because of job performance. Workers might be called back in early to mid-2008 when production levels are expected to be higher as the company continues to ramp up to meet its order backlog.