WICHITA, Kansas – About two weeks after Textron announced it was laying off more than 500 workers here in Kansas, some of them went to the Hyatt in Wichita for a Gulfstream job fair.
“Engineers, manufacturing, product support, I.T.so it really includes all aspects of our business,” said Gulfstream vice president of communications Steve Cass.
Gulfstream is recruiting aviation workers like Michael Alfaro, a life-long Wichitan who’s been with Cessna nearly 22 years.
“I’m not really sure where I’m going to go from here just let the door open for me wherever I go,” Alfaro said.
And although this event is happening just two weeks after the layoffs, a spokesperson for Gulfstream insists that’s a coincidence.
“Wichita is a huge spot for aviation for our country so it just makes sense to go to the Wichita area for recruiting, it really didn’t have anything to do with the recent layoffs it’s really just trying to attract talent in that region,” Cass said.
As for workers thinking of leaving Wichita to find work in the aviation industry, it’s a tough choice to make.
“My entire family is here mom and dad and kids but they are all grown up now and nothing just to hold me back,” Alfaro said.