$100 Million Investment in Cirrus Aircraft Means Job Growth in Northland

By KBJR News 1

March 26, 2013 Updated Mar 26, 2013 at 7:50 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Since last year, the single–engine aircraft company has grown by 65 to 100 positions, says Cirrus President Pat Waddick.

Currently, Cirrus has about 565 total employees, including 85 in their Grand Forks location where their composite components for crafts, like the SR 20 and 22, are made.

And Waddick says they're still looking for about 100 employees to fill open positions in Duluth, which include engineers, technicians, and designers.

"Building airplanes is something that takes almost every discipline across the board. As we grow, we need lots of different types of folks," said Waddick, Tuesday.

The growth is celebrated, says Waddick, after the recession saw a 65% drop in their 4 seat, single-engine aircrafts, along with the drop of their 1,380 employee base in 2008 to 500 last year.

Another reason for the recent growth, says Waddick, has to do with the acceleration of their single–engine jet program--a dream of the company for over a decade.

Waddick says Cirrus is currently building the jet's test articles for FAA approval, so there's still much work to be done.

Current estimates put the consumer cost of the light–weight jet around $2 million.

-Posted to the Web by Billy Wagness