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Grand Forks Business News

Event to highlight workforce recruitment tool

The local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is hosting Internships & More Thursday, May 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Alerus Center’s Meadowlark room. The program will highlight opportunities to bring college students into companies for educational work experiences as a step to filling full-time positions.

Dorgan touts Grand Forks region strengths, leadership

Addressing the Grand Forks Region EDC annual meeting April 17, former U.S. Senator for North Dakota BryonDorgan said many communities would like to have one or two advantages Grand Forks can boast. 

Britton receives first Impact Award

Dave Britton, president of Britton Transport, received the 2014 Impact Award from the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation at its annual meeting April 17.

FAA certifies N.D. UAS test site as nation's first to be ready for operations

Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and the state’s congressional delegation in announcing that North Dakota’s test site for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is the nation’s first to be certified ready for operations.

EDC releases annual report

The 2013 EDC Annual Report is now available online.

Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan to headline EDC event

Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan will be the guest speaker at the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation (EDC) annual meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Alerus Center.

The EDC board of directors will also announce its first Impact Award recipient.

The event is free and open to the public. Please call the EDC office at 701-746-2720 to register.

Featured Business

Cirrus Aircraft continues growing in Grand Forks

By John Hageman
Grand Forks Herald 

Cirrus Aircraft has expanded in Grand Forks, now employing more than 140.

An aircraft maker with a factory in Grand Forks announced last week that it shipped 9 percent more planes last year than it had in 2012.

Along with that increase, Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft’s workforce in Grand Forks has grown by almost 75 percent in the past 18 months. And with new projects in development and the national economy slowly improving, Cirrus executives are optimistic about the future.

“We’re a little bullish,” said Bill King, the company’s vice president of business administration. “We actually think (2014) is going to be better than last.”

Still, the 276 planes Cirrus delivered in 2013 are just a portion of what it sold in the years before the recession. King said the entire aircraft industry is still feeling the effects of the economic downturn.

King said he doesn’t expect to Cirrus sales to return to pre-recession levels any time soon. The company shipped 710 planes in 2007 before dropping to 268 in 2009, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

 “We don’t see it happening in the very near future, but we do think it will happen,” King said. “It’s certainly not something we’re structuring for over the next year or two, we think it’s further out than that.”

“But if it happens … we’ll find a way to build ‘em,” he added.

Improved sales

Cirrus’ sales numbers last year represented its largest shipment since 2008, and its share in the single-engine piston market grew to a record 37 percent, the company reported.

The company has been able to dominate the sector, King said, simply because they’ve been able to offer quality planes at a decent price.

“In this day and age, people want value,” King said. “It doesn’t matter if they’re buying cars, planes or pencil sharpeners.”

Its workforce here has grown from 83 to 144 in the past 18 months, King said. In Duluth, it employs about 500 people.

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