|Updated: 8/24/2012 5:49 pm
||Published: 8/24/2012 4:41 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Hawker Beechcraft employees set to lose their jobs are already looking for the next opportunity.
A job-fair tailored specifically for hawker employees is the first step to finding a new professional future.
The out of business Aerospace Education Center is now a place to drum up business.
Over a dozen prospective employers, including Dassault Falcon, looking for the next job opportunity for 170 Hawker Beechcraft employees set to lose their jobs later this year.
Allen Koonce is looking.
"It's pretty good after talking with several of the people here," Koonce says.
He's still working, but when the layoffs kick in, Koonce will have logged 19 years with Hawker-Beechcraft.
"It was something after that long,” Koonce says. “We kind of had heard things, but it's a rough economy right now so we're going to see what we can do."
The Little Rock Chamber of Commerce hosted the job fair, teaming up with governor Beebe's Dislocated Worker Taskforce, providing assistance to Hawker Beechcraft to find new jobs for employees its letting go.
Koonce says that’s good for him.
"I love it here in Arkansas, I'm not going anywhere," Koonce says.