Cessna Mesa Citation Service Center Nears Completion; Greensboro Expands

October 05, 2008

Orlando, FL - October 5, 2008 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, said today a majority of its highly skilled support technicians will be making the move to the new Citation Service Center opening in Mesa, Ariz., in January. As previously announced, Cessna is moving its Long Beach, Calif., service center to Mesa to expand space and capability.

“We have very talented individuals in Long Beach who we knew would help us hit the ground running at our new facility,” said Stan Younger, Cessna vice president, Service Facilities. “We wanted our Long Beach employees to move to Mesa so they could continue their employment with Cessna and Cessna could keep the experience and dedication that these individuals have to our customers.”

More than 65 percent of the current workforce at Long Beach accepted Cessna’s offer to move to Mesa. To help in the decision, Cessna offered employees an expense-paid visit to Mesa during the past few months to tour the area.

Cessna also took advantage of the new construction to implement Textron Six Sigma methods in the design and set-up of the new facility.

“This will be the most efficient Cessna-owned Citation Service Center, thanks to the use of these special tools that allow us to perform Citation aircraft maintenance with increased velocity,” Younger said.

Cessna also announced today completion of the expansion of the company service center in Greensboro, N.C., one of the company’s busiest centers, adding more than 69,000 sq. ft. of ramp space bringing the total ramp space to more than 137,300 sq. ft.

“Our Greensboro Citation Service Center is a popular maintenance location for our customers. With the growing business at this facility, we made this improvement to enhance our customer’s experience,” Younger said.

About Cessna Aircraft Company
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2007, Cessna delivered 1,272 aircraft, including 387 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $5 billion. Cessna has a current backlog of $16 billion through June 30, 2008. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 191,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered around the world, including more than 5,400 Citations, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at http://www.cessna.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a $13.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 34 countries with approximately 44,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense and intelligence, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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