More uncertainty for Beechcraft families

Another 125 area families are facing an uncertain future this weekend because of the latest layoff notices issued Friday by Hawker Beechcraft as the company focuses on “balancing our production rate with the challenging and rapidly changing environment we continue to face,” to quote a letter to employees. The latest layoffs were on top of 150 in May and 350 in April, apparently bringing local employment to about 4,000. Such decisions seem consistent with the company’s strategy of reorganizing under Chapter 11 and reducing $2.5 billion in debt. But it’s hard not to worry about the workers affected, or about the company drawing closer to the 3,600-job threshold of its 2010 deal to secure state and local incentives.