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Cirrus president: No more large layoffs are planned

Cirrus Design officials gave more details Wednesday on the number of employees at their Grand Forks and Duluth facilities after Tuesday's layoffs. There now are 872 employees working in the company's Duluth plant after 75 were laid off Tuesday, s...

Cirrus Design officials gave more details Wednesday on the number of employees at their Grand Forks and Duluth facilities after Tuesday's layoffs.

There now are 872 employees working in the company's Duluth plant after 75 were laid off Tuesday, said President and Chief Operating Officer Brent Wouter. After 30 employees were laid off in Grand Forks, there are 233 people working there. Total employment is 1,105.

Wouter said the layoffs were "more targeted" this week, compared to across-the-board layoffs in early September. He said no further large reductions in numbers of employees are contemplated. "We are really close to where we need to be," he said. "We will be doing some restructuring, small things that don't make the papers."

The plants in both cities will continue to work four-day weeks of 10-hour days, Wouter said. The company had considered going to three-day weeks, but that is not on the table now.

Despite the difficulties right now in the larger economy, Wouter said, Cirrus is optimistic for the long run. "There is an amazing level of activity going on out there that people wouldn't believe."

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