Twin Ports Aviation Industry Booming
IKONICS Advanced Materials Solution is thrilled to be a part of the booming Twin Ports aviation industry. On August 16th, a conference was held at the Duluth International Airport discussing the study results of the strong aviation industry and its continued growth in the Northland. According the BusinessNorth, “Cirrus was among the first companies to bring aviation to the Duluth, selecting the city for its airplane manufacturing facility more than a decade ago. It now employs 883 people.”
“We have got a workforce that is second to none,” said Cirrus Executive Director of Business Development Bill King, who also credited vendors such as SCS Interiors, which provides upholstery services for Cirrus. “It’s that quality that comes together that makes the aircraft industry so powerful in this region. We see this as a path ramping through to even more significant production.”
Just five years ago, the former Northwest Airlines maintenance base was empty. Now it houses AAR Aircraft Services, said Mark Ketterer, vice president of Duluth operations. He noted 400 highly skilled persons work at the company’s plant, which provides major maintenance services to Air Canada.
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