Some AAR employees laid off, dozens more expected

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- AAR Corp. in Rockford has started downsizing with more layoffs expected in upcoming months.

23 News has obtained copies of two letters sent to AAR employees. According to the letters, some employees have already been laid off this year, while others could part ways with the company as soon as June 4, 2019.

In one letter, AAR says the layoffs "will be initiated in response to the current downturn in operations."

The Rockford Register-Star reports​ that AAR Corp. will lay off 80 employees, roughly half of its Rockford workforce, beginning June 4 as part of a seasonal downturn.

23 News has reached out to the AAR Corporate Office. A spokesperson provided the following statement Tuesday:

"AAR will be scaling back operations at our Rockford MRO facility due to a seasonal decline in maintenance activity. We experience this cycle at all of our heavy maintenance facilities each summer as airlines keep their aircraft flying during peak travel season. This reduction in staff is due to the expected workload at the site. Most AAR facilities are impacted by this seasonal decline, however some will still have demand over the summer, and we will be offering jobs at those facilities to many of our Rockford employees. We look forward to continuing our presence in Rockford, which has been a welcoming home for AAR for almost three years."