Former Cessna employee talks about his time with the company

WICHITA, Kansas – Fourteen years is now found in two boxes.

Patrick Brown was one of 575 Textron employees laid off Wednesday morning.

Patrick worked for Cessna.

“I have certain skills that I brought to the table that nobody else has, but it just goes to show that it can happen to anybody at any time,” said Brown.

Brown says he was called in with his boss and given his WARN letter.

“I was a little bit in shock,” added Brown. “I’ve been with the company for 14 years, I have an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering, and a masters degree in engineering management.”

For the Browns, Patrick was the primary source of income.

His wife is a substitute teacher.

The impact of the cuts will certainly be felt at home.

“I think that we’re in a position where I don’t necessarily have to have a job tomorrow, but you know certainly there’s gonna be a little belt tightening around the house until our future is a little more secure.”

Despite the news, Brown has a lot of hope for his situation and believes he’ll land on his feet when it’s all said done.

He understands that things like this happen.

“Sometimes, a business has to make tough decisions. I understand that. It’s okay.”

Officials say the WARN letters they received generally mean that the employee will receive two months pay, whether they are physically still at the job for that two month period or if they are asked to leave that day.

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