Hawker Beechcraft to cut 170 jobs in Little Rock, Ark.

Hawker Beechcraft is distributing 60-day layoff notices to 170 employees at its Little Rock, Ark., facility.

The layoffs cross multiple levels and functions and hourly and non-hourly employees, it said in a letter to employees.

“The company continues to evaluate and balance production rates throughout a difficult and rapidly changing environment,” the letter said. “Over the last several months, we have worked to appropriately size our business, primarily in Wichita. Today, we are faced with additional challenging decisions that involve further resizing our work force.”

Hawker Beechcraft filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy May 3.

Its Little Rock facility completes and delivers Hawker business jets to customers.

“This continues to be an unprecedented time for our company and our employees,” the letter said. “We encourage you to uphold a pattern of respect and care for our impacted colleagues during this time.”

Hawker Beechcraft officials declined comment beyond what was in the letter.