By Dave DeWitte
The suspension of a Cessna business jet has resulted in 20 layoffs at Rockwell Collins, most of them in California.
Cessna announced last week that it has suspended production of the Citation Columbus business jet due to market conditions. The aircraft company isued layoff notices to about 1,600, and indicated plans to issue about 700 more layoffs by mid-June due to reduced production requirements.
Rockwell Collins supplies flight controls and other products for the Citation Columbus. It laid off seven employees in Cedar Rapids, 12 in Irvine, Calif., and one employee in Richardson, Texas, due to the suspension of the Citation Columbus, company spokeswoman Pam Tvrdy said.
Business jet sales have been hit hard by the downturn in the economy, which has caused many companies to cut non-essential spending. It has also been affected by increased public scrutiny of corporate expenditures following the financial meltdown.
Source: THE GAZETTE