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Sandpoint’s Quest Aircraft raises new round of money to boost production

Sandpoint's Quest Aircraft Company said on Wednesday it's raised an undisclosed amount of new financing and investments to keep the aircraft manufacturer moving forward with production of its main plane, the Quest Kodiak.

The investment is from private investors. Their identity and the amount of money raised were not disclosed.
Because of the economy, airplane production at Quest has slowed significantly in the past two years, said company President and CEO Paul Schaller. 
“We have injected equity into Quest which allows us to significantly reduce debt, ramp up production and invest in customer service centers,” Schaller said in a prepared statement.
The Kodiak sells for around $1.6 million. It's considered one of the best airplanes for landing and taking off in unusual and difficult terrain. The original first group of planes produced by Quest were sent to mission aviation groups across the world.

The company is also placing more emphasis on customer service and continuing the establishment of the Kodiak network of service partners. The comapny recently chose  Wipaire, Inc. as the first factory-authorized service center for the Kodiak.
The release said Quest is also increasing its sales and marketing efforts. The company now has six North American sales representatives across the United States.
Its website ( has also been enhanced and reflects the renewed marketing initiatives.

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