Thu, Jul 29, 2004
Creates 88 New Jobs
In 1998, Cirrus Design
Corporation certified the SR20. The sleek, all-composite airframe
was then, and remains, the only FAA-certified aircraft to offer a
parachute as standard equipment. In 1999, the first full year of
production, 11 aircraft were produced. At that time, each aircraft
required approximately 9,400 hours to complete. In 2003, Cirrus
manufactured 469 aircraft – each of which took approximately
1,800 hours to produce.
Currently, Cirrus manufactures three models on a single
production line. The $189,900 SRV-G2, the popular 200 horsepower
SR20-G2, and the best-selling model in the industry – the 185
knot SR22-G2. In order to meet growing demand for the award-winning
aircraft, Cirrus recently made a significant investment in
proprietary new tooling on the assembly line to help increase
production beyond two aircraft per day. Today, steps are being
taken at Cirrus to increase production yet again to meet the needs
of the marketplace and expectations of consumers.
“The decision to move to 12 [aircraft] a week was
obvious,” stated David Coleal, executive vice president of
manufacturing and chief operating officer at Cirrus.
“Cirrus operates a very lean and extremely efficient
manufacturing model that provides the capacity to deliver a world
class aircraft to the market in a timely manner.”
Recently 88 new hires were brought into Cirrus as part of the 12
per week ramp up. Cirrus currently employs 961 talented people and
is looking for more – particularly engineers.
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