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Quest Aircraft in Sandpoint lays off 65

Tue., Aug. 10, 2010, 11:50 a.m.

A sagging aviation industry has forced Sandpoint-based Quest Aircraft Co. to lay off 65 workers.

The 65 were all full-time workers and came from all across the company’s manufacturing, engineering, support and administrative groups, said company CEO Paul Schaller.

The company makes the popular Quest Kodiak single engine turboprop aircraft. It’s become the primary utility aircraft for mission groups across the world. It costs just above $1 million, depending on features included. Other orders come from various general aviation operators.

The layoffs occurred this week. About 155 workers are still employed at the Sandpoint firm.

Quest has capacity to produce two Kodiaks per month; it was making three until last fall when the company started a series of worker layoffs to adjust to a weakened market.


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