Cirrus layoffs redux

There were a few storylines behind the story when it came to employment cuts Wednesday at Cirrus Aircraft.

The initial tip to layoffs at Duluth’s largest manufacturer put the number of workers let go in the 80 to 90 range, and two off-the-record sources echoed that number.

Cirrus official Todd Simmons, however, later dispelled that tally and said the actual number of layoffs was 58, with 26 in Duluth.

“I heard the number was in the range of 80 to 90?” I further inquired.

“Nope. It’s 58,” said Cirrus’ vice president of marketing.

The sources, who requested anonymity for fear of retribution, also said the layoffs were the result of mismanagement.

“There is no response to that,” Simmons said in response to my question on the topic. “Anytime you have a situation of family members of Cirrus that are no longer with the company there can be all kinds of emotions.

“In fact, Cirrus management has made difficult choices but the right choices,” Simmons said of previously tailoring production to demand and maintaining research and development programs. “That is exactly what we’ve done.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate to get involved in speculation about management from a particular individual when in fact the company is making the right decisions.

“We know they are difficult decisions, and we acknowledge the significant impact that these made on individual employees. We acknowledge the sacrifice that employees made so where we can be where we are today.”

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