Duluth touts growing aviation industry

by Dan Kraker, Minnesota Public Radio
October 3, 2013

DULUTH, Minn. Duluth officials used a giant aircraft hangar as a backdrop today Thursday to tout job gains in the aviation sector and in the region's economy as a whole.

AAR Aircraft Services, a Chicago-based airplane maintenance company, set up shop last year in an old Northwest Airlines facility in Duluth empty since 2005. Now 276 employees maintain Air Canada jets here. The company is looking to hire 40 more workers.

The region's aviation sector, which includes plane manufacturers Cirrus and Kestrel, is expected to grow by 40 percent in the next seven years.

That presents the city with new challenges, said Duluth Mayor Don Ness. READ MORE