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Grand Forks Business News

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.

Join policy discussion at Governor's Business Forum

The Governor’s Business Forum, which was created to provide a platform for business leaders and elected and appointed officials to discuss policy issues that affect North Dakota businesses, will be in Grand Forks April 15.

Meeting set to identify workforce development strategies

Workforce development strategies will be the focus of an interactive meeting Thursday, Mar. 20. All regional employers are invited to attend and be part of developing activities that make sense for the region and lead to continued growth and prosperity.

700 expected for inaugural Shale Oil Innovation conference

The nation's top shale oil innovation technologies and researchers will be on tap Feb. 10-12 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. BBI International announced today 700 attendees and 160 exhibitors from 41 states and five Canadian provinces are registered for The Bakken/Three Forks Shale Oil Innovation Conference.

Bakken conference coming to Grand Forks

The Bakken is expanding east, with about 650 people expected to attend the first Bakken-Three Forks Shale Oil Innovation Conference & Expo Feb. 10-12 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.  The conference is organized by EDC member and Grand Forks company BBI International. The region’s Bakken Initiative is an event sponsor.  

Lund to testify at taxation committee meeting

Keith Lund, EDC vice president and current president of the Economic Development Association of North Dakota, will address topics related to tax incentives when he testifies at the Interim Taxation Committee meeting Jan. 30.

 
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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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