...As Lancair, ATG, Ready To Grow

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Cessna is not the only airplane manufacturer with plans to grow in 2005. Lancair said last week it will hire 130 new workers at its Bend (Ore.) Municipal Airport facility between now and mid-summer. The company already has over 400 employees, and has been ramping up its production rate over the past year. Backlog of its Columbia 350 and 400 certified aircraft has continued to grow, the company said, and it plans to deliver 190 aircraft this year. Building expansion is also underway. Aviation Technology Group also announced last week it will add about a dozen jobs as it expands at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colo., where it is working on the Javelin Executive Jet. The company will add two hangars totaling 12,800 square feet that will be used for continuing research and development of the two-seater twinjet. (Click here for AVweb's recent update on ATG progress on the Javelin Jet.)