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Minn. plane maker Cirrus lays off 50

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Cirrus Design Corp. has completed another round of reductions, trimming 52 people from its payroll, mostly in Duluth.

Unlike previous cuts, the latest reduction spared production workers, claiming mainly higher-paid staff instead.

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The Duluth-based plane maker now employs about 600 people in Duluth, 150 in Grand Forks, N.D., and 30 more in other locations around the world.

In the past six months, the company has eliminated about 300 positions and has placed another 100 workers on a continuing furlough in the face of a faltering economy and declining sales of airplanes.

The most recent cuts affected several departments, including engineering, quality assurance, testing, administration and support.

A Cirrus official says the company has no immediate plans for further cuts.

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