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Cirrus lays off 26 in Duluth

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Cirrus Aircraft said 58 production employees were laid off Wednesday as the company prepared to enter its slow season.

The airplane manufacturer cut 26 workers in Duluth and 32 at operations in Grand Forks, N.D., said Todd Simmons, Cirrus' vice president of marketing. Wednesday's cuts put Cirrus' total employment at about 550, down from about 1,300 in August 2008.

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But Simmons said Wednesday's changes better position Duluth's largest manufacturer for next year.

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