Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited, or “HAECO” for short, announced plans to lay off an unspecified number of workers. The aircraft engineering company is making the job cuts at its Cabin Solutions Operations in High Point and Wallburg, North Carolina. The two facilities build seats, lavatories, and galleys.
“This is a restructuring of the business and has nothing to do with the maintenance service or the new large hangar that is being built at PTIA (Piedmont Triad International Airport),” said David Kelly, vice president of marketing and strategy at HAECO.
Hong Kong-based HAECO is a leading aircraft engineering and maintenance service provider. HAECO Americas provides aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services (MRO) and manufactures aerospace products to governments, as well as commercial businesses and private customers.
Since its founding in 1990 as Triad International Maintenance Company (TIMCO), HAECO Americas has grown beyond its core airframe, base maintenance business to include MRO services, aircraft seat manufacturing, and interior manufacturing and design. The Greensboro, North Carolina-based subsidiary has operations throughout the U.S.
HAECO’s Earlier Layoffs in 2017: 164 Employees Affected Macon, GA Facility
Employees of HAECO Americas have faced additional layoffs in 2017. In November, HAECO Americas suspended operations at its facility in Macon, Georgia. According to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filing with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the job cuts affected 164 employees.
The affected employees were given the chance to relocate to one of its other facilities in Florida and North Carolina. The layoffs came after HAECO Americas failed to replace work that was lost when Macon’s lone commercial airline customer left.
“Earlier this summer, one of our commercial airline customers consolidated its maintenance and repair work at our Lake City facility and other facilities. And that customer was the sole customer for Macon,” said a company spokesperson. “We were successful in securing another commercial airline customer for Macon, but only for that airline’s fall maintenance and repair cycle.”
For now, HAECO Americas said it will continue to look for additional business for the 115,000-square-foot space (the size of two football fields).
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