200 more layoffs at Dassault Falcon

200 more people are laid off Friday at Dassault Falcon in Little Rock. The Company has laid off close to 200 others since June.

Dassault Falcon Press Release

In the latest round of the economic slowdown, 205 Dassault Falcon employees in Little Rock were handed pink slips.
A former employee tells us today he and his former co-workers were called into the office one by one.  In fact, we got a hold of the letter the former employees received on their last day of work.

Aviation manufacturing was once considered the largest export in Arkansas.  Leading the charge was Dassault Falcon Jet with the state's largest manufacturing plant.  That is why Friday’s news of layoffs came as a tough blow.  

The company cites a slowdown in demand for new business jets.  FOX16 obtained a letter the company gave to employees on Friday saying considering layoffs was their last resort.

Many of the employees are considered skilled laborers. That is why city officials don't want to lose them to other states.  "It's important that we have projects coming down the line like Caterpillar to be able to give these folks an opportunity for a new job in a similar situation with similar wages pretty quickly to keep the talent here because it's so difficult once it leaves, to get it back," Jay Chesshir with the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce said.
In September Dessault laid of 72 employees and just last month aviation manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft had a workforce reduction.
One of the employees laid off says he's obviously sad by the news but also says Dessault is one of the best companies he's ever worked for.
One employee told us they will receive one week pay for each year of employment and the company will offer medical benefits for 2 months.

Dassault Falcon Press Release

In a move to align workforce levels with lower sales and production rates, Dassault Falcon today announced the layoff of 150 employees and another 55 contract workers at the Little Rock Completion Center.  An additional nine employees were laid off at the Dassault Falcon headquarters in Teterboro, New Jersey.

“The challenges of the global economy continue to force us to make very difficult decisions,” said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon.  “While we see signs that the business aviation market may be stabilizing, it’s too early to predict when sustained growth will return to our industry.” 

Rosanvallon continued, “The decision to layoff even one worker is a very painful one.  Such action is only taken as a last resort and our objective is to preserve as many jobs as possible.”

The action taken on Friday will not impact current Falcon delivery schedules.  Dassault Aircraft Services—Little Rock was not affected.
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