Columbia Aircraft Recalls Furloughed Workers

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Columbia Aircraft this week started to call back workers who were furloughed in March, the company said on Monday. "Essentially, we've spent the past six weeks cleaning house on our production line, upgrading tooling and implementing a number of lean enterprise practices to enhance efficiency," said Columbia vice president of manufacturing Chris Redgrave. The returning employees work in the assembly, upholstery and subassembly departments. Redgrave said he expects to recall the remaining laid-off workers soon. Columbia continues to deliver aircraft at a rate of four per week. The company furloughed about one-quarter of its workforce in late March, and at the same time replaced former CEO Bing Lantis with Wan Abdul Majid. Majid said the layoffs were part of a strategy to ensure the company's long-term success.