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TMCNet:  Duncan Aviation cutback costs 170 jobs in Lincoln

[March 11, 2009]

Duncan Aviation cutback costs 170 jobs in Lincoln

(Omaha World-Herald (NE) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Mar. 11--Job cuts by Duncan Aviation Monday left 304 people out of work, 170 of them at the company's headquarters and main plant in Lincoln.

Another 122 were cut at the company's second-biggest location, Battle Creek-Kalamazoo, Mich. The 12 other layoffs occurred at Duncan's 21 smaller locations around the country.

Lincoln and Battle Creek-Kalamazoo are full-service locations where the aircraft sales and service company customizes and refurbishes the interiors of private planes as well as does engine and avionics maintenance. The smaller sites do only engine and avionics work.

Before the cuts, Lincoln had 1,377 employees and Battle Creek-Kalamazoo, 703. Overall, the company had 2,216 workers.

The company, founded in 1956, said this was the first time it cut jobs.

"It has been a tough, emotional time for everyone with connections to Duncan Aviation," said Todd Duncan, chairman. "We have always been proud of being able to weather tough times with our work force intact." But, he said, the current recession has been "drastically different for our industry." He cited a sharp decline in flying by companies that own business aircraft.

The company earlier had reduced hours and cut wages by 5 percent to 25 percent.

Employees who lost their jobs will get severance, counseling and help with resume writing and job-hunting, the company said.

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