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Archive for Saturday, February 10, 2001

Honeywell to move jobs

Lawrence plant to lose 115 workers to Olathe plant

February 10, 2001

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Honeywell's avionics plant in Lawrence will shed 115 jobs this summer, as the manufacturing powerhouse transfers its business and general-aviation product line to Olathe.

All of the affected 115 employees nearly a third of the plant's 428-member work force will be offered transfers to the company's Olathe center, located in the Cedar Creek area off Kansas Highway 10, spokesman Bill Reavis said. One hundred are salaried jobs; the remaining 15 are hourly.

The moves are to start in June and be completed by late July.

"This is not a reduction in force," Reavis said. "Everybody that's in business making general-aviation products over there will have their same jobs in Olathe."

The Olathe plant, with 1,300 employees, already makes products for general-aviation equipment. The Lawrence plant at 2920 Haskell Ave. will lose its line that makes communications and navigational equipment for Cessnas and other planes used for business and general-aviation travel.

The company expects "significant" financial savings through reduced transportation costs and other efficiencies, Reavis said.

After the shift, the Lawrence plant will continue operations and retain its production of equipment for the air-transport market, which covers commercial aircraft such as Boeing 737s, 757s and similar Airbus models.

Honeywell, based in Morristown, N.J., is being acquired by General Electric. The $45 billion deal, announced last year, is awaiting regulatory approval in the United States and Europe.

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