Cirrus Aircraft has told the Duluth News-Tribune that it must lay off 58 workers because of seasonal adjustments in the workforce. The company laid off 32 in Grand Forks, N.D., and 26 in Duluth, Minn. The cuts bring the workforce to 550, compared to 1,300 in mid-2008, the newspaper said.
Company spokesman Todd Simmons said Cirrus had been staffed higher than current demand. It is late in the year and Cirrus finds the first quarter of any year is a time of weaker deliveries and demand, Simmons told the newspaper.
Cirrus shipped eight SR20 aircraft and 60 SR22 aircraft in the third quarter, according to a report by the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association for a total of 68 aircraft. Total billings were $37,649,610. During the third quarter of 2008 Cirrus shipped 41 SR20 aircraft and 145 SR22 aircraft for a total of 186 aircraft. Total billings were $101,189,945.
Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters asked employees this month for patience as he searches for additional non-payroll cuts in expenses.