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News: Cirrus Unveils Massive 189,000 sq ft Innovation Center Design

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  1. New Innovation Center For Cirrus Aircraft
    Cirrus Aircraft today unveiled the design for its new 189,000 sq ft Design Innovation Center which will occupy the space at the Northwest Airlines Corp. facility, more recently occupied by AAR Corp., located at the Duluth International Airport (KDLH) in Minnesota. Since 2020 the building had been without any tenant and Cirrus Aircraft has grand plans for the building which they will start renovations on immediately. The Duluth Innovation Center will feature amenities and flexible workspaces that enhance the working environment as people return to the office. Inspired interior features and design provide optimal collaborative workspace and break from the traditional office and lab environment.
  2. On August 24, the Duluth Economic Development Authority (DEDA) approved the agreement authorizing the sale of the former Northwest Airlines facility with a 60-year ground lease. The agreement releases the DEDA’s ownership of the facility and the ongoing financial burden as the building has been without a tenant since May 2020, resulting in over 200 job cuts due to the pandemic. Moreover, the sale will save the city over $600,000 annually in maintenance, operating, and tax expense. "From the founding days of Cirrus Aircraft in the basement of a Wisconsin barn to the new Innovation Center, the company has maintained a rich culture of innovation that has changed personal aviation," said Pat Waddick, President of Innovation and Operations of Cirrus Aircraft. "This investment in a world-class facility brings together our engineering, flight test, experimental, advanced design and development, and other key Product Development areas. We are excited about how our investments in facilities, people and programs will lead to changing the world – again!"

    For more information:

    Cirrus Design Corporation
    4515 Taylor Circle
    Duluth, MN 55811

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