120 layoffs at Dassault Falcon in Little Rock

120 layoffs at Dassault Falcon in Little Rock

Another Little Rock company is hit by the lagging economy. According to a management level official with Dassault Falcon Jet, the company laid off about 120 workers Friday.
Another Little Rock company is hit by the lagging economy. According to a management level official with Dassault Falcon Jet, the company laid off about 120 workers Friday.

I’ve seen cars drive up and some time later those same cars leave. A few workers stopped and confirmed lay offs are taking place but they declined to comment on camera. Again we're told by a management official at the Little Rock facility that 120 people got pink slips today.

A management level official at Dassault Falcon Jet in Little Rock called the day black Friday. The reason more than a hundred people lost their jobs.

The official we talked to says it's a sad day with the economy taking a toll on the jet manufacturer orders are down.

Dassualt employs about 2500 workers here in Little Rock. The center paints and completes interiors of jets before they're delivered to customers. Andrew Ponzoni the Corporate Senior Communications Manager for Dassault told us by phone that "they're evaluating staffing levels in relation to the workload."

All of this comes as a surprise to workers. The company kicked off a $20 million expansion project here in Little Rock about two years ago and they thought the company was doing well.

Some say the first sign of trouble was when they came in this morning and the lay offs started happening this has left many wondering how they'll support their families. Ponzoni says the company expects to issue a press release at 6:30 this evening. No word yet on if more lay offs will take place.

Dassault Falcon statement

Dassault Falcon announced today the layoff 111 workers from the Little Rock Completion Center. Another 42 workers have taken advantage of an "early out" program bringing the Center's total workforce to 2100 employees, about the same as it was in early 2008.

"Each and every person affected by this layoff has been a valued member of our team and helped to contribute to our growth and success," said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. "While we recognize the unfortunate impact this decision has on our employees and their families, we must face the reality of today's market conditions and the significant challenges they pose to our industry."
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